Definition of honeydew in US English:

honeydew

noun

  • 1A sweet, sticky substance excreted by aphids and often deposited on leaves and stems.

    • ‘Keep an eye out for ants, who ‘farm’ aphids for the honeydew they excrete and will carry them to other plants in the garden.’
    • ‘This is honeydew, which is excreted by the insect.’
    • ‘Like mealy bugs, aphids excrete honeydew which gives leaf surfaces a shiny appearance and supports the formation of sooty mold.’
    • ‘Often black sooty mold grows on the honeydew, but this mold can be gently washed off.’
    • ‘Termites tend fungus gardens, leaf cutter ants make underground compost heaps and many species of other ants tend and protect aphids for their honeydew.’
    • ‘Soft scale is another insect that sucks sap and makes its host plants sticky with honeydew and the associated sooty mould.’
    • ‘Like aphids, they also excrete honeydew, attracting black sooty mold fungus.’
    • ‘On papaya, mealy bugs damage the plant by sucking its juices and excreting a clear, gooey substance called honeydew.’
    • ‘The sugary excrement, called honeydew, is often consumed by ants.’
    • ‘This is sooty mold that grows on the honeydew that aphids excrete.’
    • ‘Formica rufa is an aggressive ant species that preys on a range of invertebrate insects as well as collecting honeydew produced by aphids.’
    • ‘A tiny golden drop appears from the aphid, and the honeydew - really aphid excrement - is swallowed by the second ant.’
    • ‘They feed on honeydew excreted by other insects and then lay eggs just beneath the apples' skins.’
    • ‘People living and working around Albion Place on Sidmouth Street complained to the town council that their properties were being badly affected by honeydew from aphids that colonise two hornbeam trees.’
    • ‘Aphids are well known for their production of honeydew, a sugary liquid excreted in great abundance by these sap-feeding insects.’
    • ‘Most notably, the insect excretes a sticky honeydew that covers the leaves and fruit and promotes the growth of black sooty molds.’
    • ‘These astonishing creatures squirt formic acid to defend themselves, farm aphids for honeydew, and make so much noise on a warm day that you can hear them marching.’
    • ‘In return they feed on a secretion made by the aphid, called honeydew.’
    • ‘First, they produce copious quantities of a sugary, sticky liquid called honeydew which collects over the bunches and foliage, and on which fungus grows, often giving it a sooty appearance.’
    • ‘Feeding on a milkweed leaf, tiny aphids (some winged, some wingless) are ‘tended’ by an ant, which feeds on the sweet honeydew excreted by the aphids.’
    1. 1.1literary An ideally sweet substance.
      • ‘Next he felt a maid's sweet lips of honeydew kissing him.’
  • 2A melon of a variety with smooth pale skin and sweet green flesh.

    • ‘Sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon are good sources.’
    • ‘Garnish with slice of honeydew melon and cherries.’
    • ‘Until the soil temperature is 65 degrees, you might as well not even bother planting watermelons, honeydew or muskmelons because the seeds just won't germinate.’
    • ‘Choose a melon that's heavy and relatively firm, but not-rock hard (except for honeydew melons).’
    • ‘Frederick smiles calmly, and takes a honeydew melon and lays it on the table.’
    • ‘A cantaloupe doesn't have the smooth sheen of a honeydew or the artistic green striations of a watermelon.’
    • ‘Cap off the meal with a cup of cubed honeydew, cantaloupe or watermelon.’
    • ‘But what they really want to eat is gammon steak, onion rings and honeydew melon.’
    • ‘When the farmer tried to diversify to honeydew melons for export, he was told by his prospective American client that the produce did not meet their specifications.’
    • ‘When you discussed good sources of potassium you failed to mention honeydew melons.’
    • ‘To choose a ripe honeydew, look for one with a creamy yellow rind that's a bit soft.’
    • ‘She stared languidly at him over her small serving of honeydew melon and toast.’
    • ‘Lutein is found in spinach, leeks, peas, kiwi fruits, black grapes and romaine lettuce, while rich sources of zeaxanthin include sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon.’
    • ‘Sweet tooths will savour the slices of fresh cantaloupe, honeydew melon and pineapple that can be drizzled with melted chocolate sauce.’
    • ‘The other day I wanted to make a tropical salsa with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, red onion and cilantro as a side dish.’
    • ‘Arrange a pyramid of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe rounds in the center and sprinkle with salt.’
    • ‘And it looked like a cucumber and tasted like a mild honeydew.’
    • ‘Nearby, vendors sell homegrown tomatoes, honeydew melons, apples, large southern cherries, as well as imported pineapples, oranges, and bananas.’

Pronunciation

honeydew

/ˈhənēˌd(y)o͞o//ˈhəniˌd(j)u/