Definition of honeydew in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌnɪdjuː


  • 1 [mass noun] A sweet, sticky substance excreted by aphids and often deposited on leaves and stems.
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    • Like mealy bugs, aphids excrete honeydew which gives leaf surfaces a shiny appearance and supports the formation of sooty mold.
    • Feeding on a milkweed leaf, tiny aphids (some winged, some wingless) are ‘tended’ by an ant, which feeds on the sweet honeydew excreted by the aphids.
    • Most notably, the insect excretes a sticky honeydew that covers the leaves and fruit and promotes the growth of black sooty molds.
  • 1.1 literary An ideally sweet substance.
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    • Next he felt a maid's sweet lips of honeydew kissing him.
  • 2 (also honeydew melon) A melon of a variety with smooth pale skin and sweet green flesh.
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    • Lutein is found in spinach, leeks, peas, kiwi fruits, black grapes and romaine lettuce, while rich sources of zeaxanthin include sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon.
    • Sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon are good sources.
    • The other day I wanted to make a tropical salsa with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, red onion and cilantro as a side dish.

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