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

  • noun Any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Lonicera, having opposite leaves, fragrant, usually paired tubular flowers, and small berries.
  • noun Any of various similar or related plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The color of the flowers of the common honeysuckle; “a combination of pale pink and even paler yellow.”
  • noun A name of upright or climbing shrubs of the genus Lonicera, natural order Caprifoliaceœ, natives of the temperate parts of both hemispheres.
  • noun A plant of some other genus.
  • noun The flower of any of the above plants.

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

  • noun (Bot.) One of several species of flowering plants, much admired for their beauty, and some for their fragrance.

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

  • noun 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.

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

  • noun shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera
  • noun shrubby tree with silky foliage and spikes of cylindrical yellow nectarous flowers
  • noun columbine of eastern North America having long-spurred red flowers


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

[Middle English honysoukel, alteration of honisouke, from Old English hunīsūce : hunig, honey + sūcan, to suck; see suck.]



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