American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Lonicera, having opposite leaves, fragrant, usually paired tubular flowers, and small berries.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of upright or climbing shrubs of the genus Lonicera, natural order Caprifoliaceœ, natives of the temperate parts of both hemispheres. They have entire opposite leaves, and axillary, often fragrant, white, red, or yellow flowers, which are succeeded by sweetish red or purple berries. The common honeysuckle, L. Periclymenum, a native of central and western Europe, cultivated in the United States, is also known by the name of woodbine, and is probably the ‘twisted eglantine’ of Milton. L. Caprifolium, which is frequent in gardens, and is characterized by the upper pairs of leaves being united into a cup, and L. Xylosteum, the fly - honeysuckle, are also found in England, the latter only being probably native. L. sempervirens (trumpet or coral honeysuckle), a native of North America, is cultivated on account of the beauty of its large flowers, which are red on the outside and yellowish within. L. ciliata is the American fly-honeysuckle; it has a honey-yellow corolla slightly tinged with purple. L. flexuosa is the Chinese honeysuckle, and L. Tatarica the Tatarian honeysuckle. The bark of L. corymbosa is used for dyeing black in Chili, and the berries of L. cœrulea are a favorite food of the Kamtchadales.
- n. A plant of some other genus. The name honeysuckle is very generally applied in northern New England to the genus Aquilegia, of the natural order Ranunculaceæ, and particularly to the native wild columbine, A. Canadensis. The African fly-honeysuckle is Halleria lucida, of the natural order Scrophularineæ; the Australian honeysuckles belong to the genus Banksia, natural order Proteaceæ, as B. serrata and B. integrifolia. The bush-honeysuckles, of the genus Diervilla (a near relative of Lonicera, the true honeysuckle), are low shrubs of North America, China, and Japan, extensively cultivated for their profuse, mostly rose-colored flowers. The dwarf honeysuckle is Cornus Suecica, of the natural order Cornaceæ, a native of north temperate or arctic countries; the French honeysuckle is Hedysarum coronarium, of the natural order Leguminosæ; the ground-honeysuckle is Lotus corniculatus, of the natural order Leguminosæ; the New Zealand honeysuckle is Knightia excelsa, of the natural order Proteaceæ; the Tasmanian honeysuckle is Banksia australis; the West Indian honeysuckle is Tecoma capensis; the purple honeysuckle or azalea is Rhododendron nudiflorum; the white honeysuckle is Rhododendron viscosum, of the natural order Ericaceæ. Various species of Desmodium are also so called. See Banksia, Diervilla, Lonicera, Cornus, Hedysarum, Desmodium, Halleria, Tecoma, Rhododendron.
- n. The flower of any of the above plants.
- n. The color of the flowers of the common honeysuckle; “a combination of pale pink and even paler yellow.”
- n. Any of the many species of arching shrubs and climbing vines of the genus Lonicera in the Caprifoliaceae family, many with sweet smelling, bell shaped flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) One of several species of flowering plants, much admired for their beauty, and some for their fragrance.
- n. shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera
- n. shrubby tree with silky foliage and spikes of cylindrical yellow nectarous flowers
- n. columbine of eastern North America having long-spurred red flowers
- Middle English honysoukel, alteration of honisouke, from Old English hunīsūce : hunig, honey + sūcan, to suck; see suck. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I stumbled on foundations of long-gone buildings, up the hill, under the gloom of oak and basswood trees, buried in honeysuckle, blackberry wild geranium.”
“Mention the word honeysuckle to Kevin and he will instinctively recite childhood memories that involve raiding honeysuckle bushes for nectar.”
“At the end of the book, Bernie says: "That honeysuckle is but one link in an endless limbic chain that contains all the smells of my family and of our life together.”
“The fly-honeysuckle is in full leaf, as well as in flower; it is one of our earliest shrubs.”
“See! the honeysuckle is twined in the thorn above our heads, and is giving out its scent around us, as if to bid us we1come”
“The face of the hill on the south side of the entrance possesses some good soil; and at the time of our visit* was covered with a profusion of herbage, and studded with groups of banksia, which the colonists call the honeysuckle; the wood of which is useful in ship-building on account of the crooked growth of its stem.”
“Finally, in the Erechtheum the upper part or necking of the shaft is enriched with an exquisitely wrought band of floral ornament, the so-called honeysuckle pattern.”
“One window is wholly shaded by sweet honeysuckle, which is now in blossom, filling the room with its mild fragrance.”
“You can help the process by surrounding the area with plants they like, such as honeysuckle, crossvine, bee balm, hollyhock and lantana.”
“Each morning, Mr. Willetts cycles from his home nearby, stopping off along the way to pick vegetation such as honeysuckle, borage, sweet violets, horehound and meadowsweet, which will end up on one of the dishes at the restaurant later that day.”
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