Definition of honeysuckle in English:



  • A widely distributed climbing shrub with tubular flowers that are typically fragrant and of two colours or shades, opening in the evening for pollination by moths.

    • ‘Visitors to the garden will notice juniper, ash, walnut, mountain ash and beech trees as well as jasmine, honeysuckle, lilac, lilies and tulips.’
    • ‘The woods were thick with new leaves and fragrant with honeysuckle and lilacs.’
    • ‘We stayed away from pretty but non-native invasive plants like purple loosestrife and Japanese honeysuckle.’
    • ‘The air was fragrant with late-June flowers; honeysuckle and clematis grew wild along the path.’
    • ‘Formal beds, divided by paths, probably contained a mixture of fragrant herbs, flowers including honeysuckle and rose, and fruit trees such as mulberry and quince.’
    • ‘Old shrubs, such as spiraea, forsythia, lilac, and honeysuckle, often become overgrown and full of crowded stems and dead wood.’
    • ‘The evergreen ivy is a rippling carpet, the twining honeysuckle a living basketry texture.’
    • ‘Japanese honeysuckle is widely recognized as a problematic invasive species throughout the region.’
    • ‘On walls, you should plant nectar-rich honeysuckle, wisteria and Ceanothus.’
    • ‘Up the bare trunks of trees were grown passion flowers, flaming nasturtiums, jasmine, and honeysuckles to finish the picturesque scene.’
    • ‘We chose 3 varieties of thyme to put in the edges of the raised bed and 3 climbing plants to fill the trellis by the gate - two ivies and a honeysuckle.’
    • ‘We walked down the path to the house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered.’
    • ‘The honeysuckle, with flowers of white or red, emits a wonderful fragrance and grows to about eight feet in two years.’
    • ‘He said his favourite flower in the whole garden was the honeysuckle.’
    • ‘At Embsay I found harebell, knapweed, honeysuckle, meadowsweet, bittersweet and of course lots of teasel.’
    • ‘Depending on the season and sunlight, it could be honeysuckles, wisteria, roses, orchids, or buddleias.’
    • ‘The fresh smell of pine lingered with the perfume of wild honeysuckles.’
    • ‘Grapevines and honeysuckle are the best vines to work with.’
    • ‘The sweet scent of wild honeysuckle has long been associated with summer nights.’
    • ‘For added interest, Brenda has some clematis, honeysuckle, winter-flowering jasmine and Russian vine as climbers.’
    • ‘Joyce advises on how to use everything from yew and ivy to honeysuckle to get the garden into shape.’


Middle English honysoukil, extension of honysouke, from Old English hunigsūce (see honey, suck). It originally denoted tubular flowers, such as the red clover, which are sucked for their nectar.