from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A structure of hexagonal, thin-walled cells constructed from beeswax by honeybees to hold honey and larvae.
  • noun Something resembling this structure in configuration or pattern.
  • transitive verb To fill with holes or compartments; riddle.
  • transitive verb To form in or cover with a pattern like that of a honeycomb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fill with cells or holes, as wood or earth, by perforation or excavation, in the manner of a honeycomb.
  • noun A structure of wax of a firm texture, consisting of hexagonal cells with concave bottoms ranged side by side, formed by bees for the reception of honey and of their eggs.
  • noun Sweet one; darling: a trivial term of endearment. Compare honey, 3.
  • noun Any substance, as a casting of iron, etc., having cells like those of a honeycomb.
  • noun Specifically In mammalogy, the reticulum or second stomach of a ruminant. See cut under ruminant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mass of hexagonal waxen cells, formed by bees, and used by them to hold their honey and their eggs.
  • noun Any substance, as a easting of iron, a piece of worm-eaten wood, or of triple, etc., perforated with cells like a honeycomb.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the wax moth.
  • noun (Anat.) See Reticulum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A structure of hexagonal cells made by bees primarily of wax, to hold their larvae and for storing the honey to feed the larvae and to feed themselves during winter.
  • noun Any structure resembling a honeycomb.
  • noun construction voids left in concrete resulting from failure of the mortar to effectively fill the spaces among coarse aggregate particles.
  • noun aviation Manufactured material used manufacture light, stiff structural components using a sandwich design.
  • verb To riddle something with holes, especially in such a pattern.

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

  • verb penetrate thoroughly and into every part
  • noun a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
  • noun a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
  • verb carve a honeycomb pattern into
  • verb make full of cavities, like a honeycomb


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honey +‎ comb


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  • Fresh, new comb is sometimes sold and used intact as comb honey, especially if the honey is being spread on bread rather than used in cooking or to sweeten tea. Honeycomb is edible all by itself, and has been called "the beekeeper's lunch".


    February 17, 2008