Definition of honeydew in English:

honeydew

noun

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

    • ‘Termites tend fungus gardens, leaf cutter ants make underground compost heaps and many species of other ants tend and protect aphids for their honeydew.’
    • ‘Like mealy bugs, aphids excrete honeydew which gives leaf surfaces a shiny appearance and supports the formation of sooty mold.’
    • ‘They feed on honeydew excreted by other insects and then lay eggs just beneath the apples' skins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep an eye out for ants, who ‘farm’ aphids for the honeydew they excrete and will carry them to other plants in the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Formica rufa is an aggressive ant species that preys on a range of invertebrate insects as well as collecting honeydew produced by aphids.’
    • ‘In return they feed on a secretion made by the aphid, called honeydew.’
    • ‘On papaya, mealy bugs damage the plant by sucking its juices and excreting a clear, gooey substance called honeydew.’
    • ‘Soft scale is another insect that sucks sap and makes its host plants sticky with honeydew and the associated sooty mould.’
    • ‘Most notably, the insect excretes a sticky honeydew that covers the leaves and fruit and promotes the growth of black sooty molds.’
    • ‘Like aphids, they also excrete honeydew, attracting black sooty mold fungus.’
    • ‘A tiny golden drop appears from the aphid, and the honeydew - really aphid excrement - is swallowed by the second ant.’
    • ‘Aphids are well known for their production of honeydew, a sugary liquid excreted in great abundance by these sap-feeding insects.’
    • ‘This is honeydew, which is excreted by the insect.’
    • ‘Often black sooty mold grows on the honeydew, but this mold can be gently washed off.’
    • ‘The sugary excrement, called honeydew, is often consumed by ants.’
    • ‘This is sooty mold that grows on the honeydew that aphids excrete.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To choose a ripe honeydew, look for one with a creamy yellow rind that's a bit soft.’
    • ‘A cantaloupe doesn't have the smooth sheen of a honeydew or the artistic green striations of a watermelon.’
    • ‘Frederick smiles calmly, and takes a honeydew melon and lays it on the table.’
    • ‘Garnish with slice of honeydew melon and cherries.’
    • ‘Sweetcorn, red peppers, nectarines, papaya and honeydew melon are good sources.’
    • ‘Arrange a pyramid of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe rounds in the center and sprinkle with salt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other day I wanted to make a tropical salsa with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, red onion and cilantro as a side dish.’
    • ‘Cap off the meal with a cup of cubed honeydew, cantaloupe or watermelon.’
    • ‘Sweet tooths will savour the slices of fresh cantaloupe, honeydew melon and pineapple that can be drizzled with melted chocolate sauce.’
    • ‘And it looked like a cucumber and tasted like a mild honeydew.’
    • ‘Choose a melon that's heavy and relatively firm, but not-rock hard (except for honeydew melons).’
    • ‘But what they really want to eat is gammon steak, onion rings and honeydew melon.’
    • ‘She stared languidly at him over her small serving of honeydew melon and toast.’
    • ‘Nearby, vendors sell homegrown tomatoes, honeydew melons, apples, large southern cherries, as well as imported pineapples, oranges, and bananas.’
    • ‘When you discussed good sources of potassium you failed to mention honeydew melons.’

Pronunciation

honeydew

/ˈhənēˌd(y)o͞o//ˈhəniˌd(j)u/