Definitions

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

  • noun A sweet sticky substance excreted by insects, such as aphids, that feed on plant sap. Honeydew sometimes accumulates on leaves and other plant parts.
  • noun A honeydew melon.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun A kind of tobacco moistened with molasses.
  • noun A honeydew melon.

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

  • noun A sweet sticky substance deposited on leaves by insects.
  • noun A sweet sticky substance produced by the leaves of some plants.
  • noun countable A melon with sweet green flesh, with a smooth greenish-white exterior.
  • noun A light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon.
  • adjective Of a light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon.

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

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

Etymologies

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honey +‎ dew

Examples

  • The airborne fungal spores infect the young florets before grain development and produce a sweet sticky liquid called honeydew, which is pink or red.

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  • 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.

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  • Aphids secrete a sugary, high-protein substance called honeydew which some kinds of ants harvest from them.

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  • 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.

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  • Aphids suck the sap out of plants and excrete a sugary substance called honeydew that makes the leaves sticky.

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  • Aphids suck the sap out of plants and excrete a sugary substance called honeydew that makes the leaves sticky.

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  • Aphids, also from Asia, suck the nutrients from soybean plants and emit a sticky residue called honeydew that can produce leaf mold.

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  • This type of insect also produces a sticky material called honeydew, which may give the tree and leaves a shiny appearance.

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  • 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.

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  • Some species are even herded by ants that collect the "honeydew" waste product in exchange for protection.

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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