American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sweet sticky substance excreted by various insects, especially aphids, on the leaves of plants.
- n. A sweet exudate similar to honeydew on the leaves of plants.
- n. A honeydew melon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saccharine substance found on the leaves of trees and other plants in small drops like dew. There are two kinds, one secreted from the plants, and the other by plant-lice, bark-lice, and leaf-hoppers. Bees and ants are said to be fond of honeydew. The name is properly applied to the sugary secretion from the leaves of plants, occurring most frequently in hot weather. It usually appears as small glistening drops, but if particularly abundant may drip from the leaves in considerable quantity, when it has been called
manna. The manna-ash, Fraxinus Ornus, exhibits this phenomenon, as does Carduus arctioides.
- n. A kind of chewing-tobacco prepared with molasses.
- n. A sweet sticky substance deposited on leaves by insects.
- n. A sweet sticky substance produced by the leaves of some plants.
- n. countable A melon with sweet green flesh, with a smooth greenish-white exterior.
- n. A light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon.
- adj. Of a light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sweet, saccharine substance, found on the leaves of trees and other plants in small drops, like dew. Two substances have been called by this name; one exuded from the plants, and the other secreted by certain insects, esp. aphids.
- n. A kind of tobacco moistened with molasses.
- n. A honeydew melon.
- n. the fruit of a variety of winter melon vine; a large smooth greenish-white melon with pale green flesh
- honey + dew (Wiktionary)
“The airborne fungal spores infect the young florets before grain development and produce a sweet sticky liquid called honeydew, which is pink or red.”
“I love Magnolia and I do love tuberose; perhaps the apres mousson treatment I can't decide how I feel about the Hermes, once I tried it and it was wonderful, once it was like being smothered by a honeydew is the way to go with some of these flowers without actually suffocating someone with them.”
“Aphids secrete a sugary, high-protein substance called honeydew which some kinds of ants harvest from them.”
“The surge in water also made the city's trees healthier, which spawned a population boom among aphids - with their propensity to drip their waste, known as honeydew, onto patios and passersby, they can be almost as annoying as their blood-feasting brethren.”
“Aphids suck the sap out of plants and excrete a sugary substance called honeydew that makes the leaves sticky.”
“The insect deposits waxy tubules of waste as it feeds, and also emits a mist of so-called honeydew that encourages the growth of sooty mold on leaves.”
“Aphids, also from Asia, suck the nutrients from soybean plants and emit a sticky residue called honeydew that can produce leaf mold.”
“Some species are even herded by ants that collect the "honeydew" waste product in exchange for protection.”
“The presence of ground-fog, "honeydew," more attractive flowers, or a coming change of wind or temperature (nothing caring to stir in an east, north, or northeast wind) will sometimes account for this.”
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