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honeysuckle

[ huhn-ee-suhk-uhl ]
/ ˈhʌn iˌsʌk əl /
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noun
any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers.
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Origin of honeysuckle

1225–75; Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to honisouke (Old English hunigsūce;see honey, suck) + -el-le

OTHER WORDS FROM honeysuckle

hon·ey·suck·led, adjective
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MORE ABOUT HONEYSUCKLE

What is honeysuckle?

Honeysuckle is a climbing or upright shrub with fragrant white, yellow, pink, or red tubular flowers.

This flower can also be called a honeysuckle. They are known for having a sweet drop of nectar that you can get by pulling the stamen out of the base of the flower blossom. However, other parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested.

There are many different species of honeysuckle, including Diervilla lonicera and Lonicera periclymenum. Any species in the genus Lornicera can be called honeysuckle.

Names for some varieties of honeysuckle include woodbine and common honeysuckle.

The honeysuckle is one of the June birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone).

Example: The kids made a bouquet of wild honeysuckle flowers that they found in the woods.

Where does honeysuckle come from?

The first records of the word honeysuckle come from the 1200s. It comes from the Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to the Old English hunigsūce, both of which are a combination of words meaning “honey” and “suck” or “suckle.” The name is a reference to the practice of sucking the flowers’ honeylike nectar.

Honeysuckles are native to temperate zones and can be evergreen or deciduous, meaning that some species retain their leaves during seasonal transitions while others shed them. They are known for attracting pollinator species, including hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

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What are some synonyms for honeysuckle?

  • woodbine (a specific variety of honeysuckle)

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How is honeysuckle used in real life?

Honeysuckles are known for their fragrant blossoms and the sweet nectar that can be sucked from them.

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There are many different species of honeysuckle.

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British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle

honeysuckle
/ (ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkəl) /

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 of honeysuckle

honeysuckled, adjective

Word Origin for honeysuckle

Old English hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle
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