honeysuckle

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From Middle English honysokel, honisokel, honysocle, hunisuccle, perhaps an alteration of Middle English honysoke, honysouke (honeysuckle) (whence honeysuck), from Old English huniġsūce, huniġsūge (honeysuckle); equivalent to honey +‎ suck +‎ -le, or honeysuck +‎ -le.

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honeysuckle (countable and uncountable, plural honeysuckles)

  1. 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.
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Francesca Carrara. [], volume I, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), OCLC 630079698, page 56:
      There was nothing of that luxuriance of blossom which had hitherto clothed the wood, for there were no hawthorns; but the bog-myrtle imparted its tender fragrance, and the caressing honeysuckle wound round many an ancient trunk, odours exhaling from every fairy-like tube—fit trumpets for the heralds of Titania.
  2. Any of several species of superficially similar plants from Australia
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, OCLC 751607287, page 169:
      Bothered by the conviction of making no impression on her, he pulled up at a strip of road shaded by tall spotted gums, blackbutt, and honeysuckle, and produced a packet of cigarettes. "About time for a smoke-O," he said, "Have a fag, Cora."
    1. Banksia aquilonia (northern banksia)
    2. Banksia integrifolia (coast banksia)
    3. Banksia marginata (silver banksia)
    4. Banksia serrata (red honeysuckle)
    5. Lambertia multiflora (many-flowered honeysuckle)

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