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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Ants often farm colonies of aphids on garden plants, feeding off their honeydew, while protecting the aphids from predators.
▪ Start with our Fresh Melon - a quarter of juicy honeydew melon, served with a twisted orange slice and strawberry garnish.
▪ The can quickly build up unsightly colonies, also excreting honeydew which encourages sooty mould fungus.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Honeydew \Hon"ey*dew`\, n.

  1. A sweet, saccharine substance, found on the leaves of trees and other plants in small drops, like dew. Two substances have been called by this name; one exuded from the plants, and the other secreted by certain insects, esp. aphids.

  2. A kind of tobacco moistened with molasses.

  3. A honeydew melon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"sticky sweet substance found on trees and plants," 1570s, from honey (n.) + dew (n.); honeydew melon first recorded 1916, a cross between cantaloupe and a South African melon.


a. Of a light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon. n. 1 A sweet sticky substance deposited on leaves by insects. 2 A sweet sticky substance produced by the leaves of some plants. 3 (context countable English) A melon with sweet green flesh, with a smooth greenish-white exterior, of cultivar group (taxlink Cucumis melo Inodorus group cultivar group noshow=1). 4 A light bluish green colour, like that of a honeydew melon.


n. the fruit of a variety of winter melon vine; a large smooth-skinned greenish-white melon with pale green flesh [syn: honeydew melon]


Honeydew may refer to:

  • Honeydew (melon), a cultivar group of melon
  • Honeydew (secretion), a sugar-rich sticky substance secreted by aphids, some scale insects and larvae and pupae of some Lepidoptera
  • Honeydew, California, a town
  • Honeydew, West Virginia
  • Bunsen Honeydew, a fictional character from The Muppet Show
  • Honey Dew Donuts, a Massachusetts-based franchise selling donuts and other breakfast foods
  • Honeydew (album), a 2008 album by Shawn Mullins
  • Honeydew (color), a pale shade of the color spring green
  • Honeydew Moth
  • Fuller's Organic Honey Dew, a brand of pale ale brewed by Fuller's Brewery
  • Simon "Honeydew" Lane, a member of internet gaming group The Yogscast
Honeydew (melon)

Honeydew, also known as honeymelon, is a cultivar group of the muskmelon, Cucumis melo Inodorus group, which includes crenshaw, casaba, Persian, winter, and other mixed melons.

Honeydew (secretion)

Honeydew is a sugar-rich sticky liquid, secreted by aphids and some scale insects as they feed on plant sap. When their mouthpart penetrates the phloem, the sugary, high-pressure liquid is forced out of the gut's terminal opening. Honeydew is particularly common as a secretion in hemipteran insects and is often the basis for trophobiosis. Some caterpillars of Lycaenidae butterflies and some moths also produce honeydew. Honeydew can cause sooty mold — a bane of gardeners — on many ornamental plants. Honeydew is also secreted by certain fungi, particularly ergot.

Honeydew is collected by certain species of birds, wasps, stingless bees and honey bees, which process it into a dark, strong honey ( honeydew honey). This is highly prized in parts of Europe and Asia for its reputed medicinal value. Parachartergus fraternus, a eusocial wasp species, collects honeydew to feed to their growing larvae.

Ants may collect, or "milk," honeydew directly from aphids and other honeydew producers, which benefit from their presence due to their driving away predators such as lady beetles or parasitic wasps — see Crematogaster peringueyi.

In Madagascar, some gecko species in the genera Phelsuma and Lygodactylus are known to approach flatid plant-hoppers on tree-trunks from below and induce them to excrete honeydew by head nodding behaviour. The plant-hopper then raises its abdomen and excretes a drop of honeydew almost right onto the snout of the gecko.

Honeydew (album)

Honeydew is a 2008 studio album by Shawn Mullins.

Usage examples of "honeydew".

Many of these predators feed on nectar and honeydew while in the adult stage, so plant flowers among the vegetables to give them something to eat.

Thousands on thousands of aphides (you might know them as blackfly or greenfly) sucked the sap from leaves and plant stems, excreting honeydew for ants and others to feed on.

There'll be tangerines too, and casaba melons, honeydews, filet of Dover sole, baked Alaska, and cockles and mussels.

He had eaten a good breakfast at his boarding house: a wedge of honeydew melon, an omelette fines herbes with saut‚.

The drink was either honeydew diluted with water or fermented fruit juice.

Even though he was nearly as bald as a honeydew melon, Roger had said something about the possibility of hair regeneration.

Judging from the dishes on the table, Gomez and Charisse had honeydew melon, scrambled eggs, and toast for breakfast.

The water smelled sweet as a freshly sliced honeydew melon, and his throat convulsed in a spasmodic swallowing reflex.

On Graice's plate two slender crescent moons of honeydew melon remain, one for Alan, one for Graice.

He had tied the cat to the straw chair and placed a perfect Spanish honeydew melon by Joe's feet to bring out the amazing colour of his eyes.

Then he made out tremendous yellow ear pendants, each like a quarter slice of honeydew melon.

Once in Ballroom C, he went down the row of steam tables loading his plate with eggs, bacon, and sausage, with the darkest toast in the pile, with slices of honeydew melon and tiny pastries, finally with a small croissant from a last pile at the end of the table.

Did she, in her secret heart of hearts, yearn to have the half of a grapefruit or a honeydew melon pushed into her face, or to have her jaw fractured by a man who jeered?

The game of German batball is played with a flabby ball the size of a big honeydew melon.

Can't you just see the jury cringe as I smash a honeydew melon on the defense attorney's table with a ten-pound block of ice?