EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers. Origin of honeysuckle 1225–75; Middle English honiesoukel,
Old English hunigsūce;
-el -le Related forms hon·ey·suck·led, adjective
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Examples from the Web for honeysuckle Historical Examples of honeysuckle
It mistook me for a
honeysuckle, and gave me a peck to make sure.
There's a jolly lot of
honeysuckle and hazelnuts in these hedges later on.
I think I know; it has a
honeysuckle arch over the gate, hasn't it?
He seated them by the railing, along which trailed a
The odor of the
honeysuckle was mingled with the smell of the sea. British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle noun any temperate caprifoliaceous shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera: cultivated for their fragrant white, yellow, or pink tubular flowers any of several similar plants any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Banksia, having flowers in dense spikes: family Proteaceae Derived Forms honeysuckled, adjective Word Origin for honeysuckle
hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle
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Word Origin and History for honeysuckle n.
mid-13c., from Old English
hunigsuge, meaning perhaps honeysuckle, clover, or privet, literally "honey-suck," + diminutive suffix -le. So called because "honey" can be sucked from it. In Middle English sometimes a confused rendering of Latin locusta, taken as the name of a plant.
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