Definition of honeysuckle in English:


Line breaks: honey|suckle
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌnɪsʌk(ə)l


A widely distributed climbing shrub with tubular flowers that are typically fragrant and of two colours or shades, opening in the evening for pollination by moths.
  • Genus Lonicera, family Caprifoliaceae (the honeysuckle family): many species, including the Eurasian common honeysuckle (L. periclymenum) and many cultivars. The honeysuckle family also includes such berry-bearing shrubs as guelder rose, elder, and snowberry
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  • Depending on the season and sunlight, it could be honeysuckles, wisteria, roses, orchids, or buddleias.
  • The honeysuckle, with flowers of white or red, emits a wonderful fragrance and grows to about eight feet in two years.
  • Up the bare trunks of trees were grown passion flowers, flaming nasturtiums, jasmine, and honeysuckles to finish the picturesque scene.


Middle English honysoukil, extension of honysouke, from Old English hunigsūce (see honey, suck). It originally denoted tubular flowers, such as the red clover, which are sucked for their nectar.

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