Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sweet sticky substance deposited on leaves by insects.
  • n. A sweet sticky substance produced by the leaves of some plants.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A saccharine substance found on the leaves of trees and other plants in small drops like dew.
  • n. A kind of chewing-tobacco prepared with molasses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fruit of a variety of winter melon vine; a large smooth greenish-white melon with pale green flesh

Etymologies

honey +‎ dew (Wiktionary)

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  • What a lovely word! I'm pleased to discover what it is. It is used by Coleridge in Kubla Khan: "For he on honewdew hath fed / And drunk the milk of paradise."

    December 11, 2007