Definition of honeysuckle in English:

honeysuckle

noun

  • 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.

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

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

honeysuckle

/ˈhʌnɪsʌk(ə)l/