Definitions for honeyˈhʌn i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)a sweet viscid fluid produced by bees from the nectar collected from flowers and stored in nests or hives as food.
this substance as used in cooking or as a spread or sweetener.
the nectar of flowers.
any of various similarly sweet viscid products produced by insects or in other ways.
something sweet, delicious, or delightful:
the honey of flattery.
Informal. sweetheart; darling. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, subordinates, etc.).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal, Sexuality
Informal. something especially good of its kind:
a honey of a car.
(adj.)of or like honey; sweet.
(v.t.)to talk flatteringly or endearingly to (often fol. by up).
to sweeten or flavor with or as if with honey.
(v.i.)to use flattery, endearing terms, etc., in an effort to obtain something (often fol. by up).
* Usage: Definition 6b is an affectionate term of address used to a child, sweetheart, etc. However, when used in the workplace or in social interactions with strangers, it is sometimes perceived as insulting or intrusive.
Origin of honey:
bef. 900; ME hony, OE hunig, c. OS honeg, -ig, OHG hona(n)g, ON hunang
a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees
beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(adj)
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
of something having the color of honey
sweeten with honey
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the sweet edible substance produced by bees
toast and honey
used to address sb you love
Honey, could you help me?
A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
A variety of this substance.
Something sweet or desirable.
A term of affection.
Honey, would you take out the trash?
A woman, especially an attractive one.
Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!
Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.
A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.
Origin: honig, from hunig, from hunagan (cf. hunich, Honig), from earlier (cf. honung), from pre-Germanic , from kh₂ónks (gen. ) (cf. Middle Welsh canecon ‘gold’, Latin (pl.) canicæ ‘bran’, Tocharian B kronkśe ‘bee’, Albanian qengjë ‘beehive’, Ancient Greek κνηκός ‘pale yellow’).
a sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb
that which is sweet or pleasant, like honey
sweet one; -- a term of endearment
to be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn
to make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey
Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor that leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity of 0.6. However, honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can be dangerous to infants, as the endospores can transform into toxin-producing bacteria in infants' immature intestinal tracts, leading to illness and even death. Honey has a long history of human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The study of pollens and spores in raw honey can determine floral sources of honey. Bees carry an electrostatic charge whereby they attract other particles in addition to pollen, which become incorporated into their honey; the honey can be analysed by the techniques of melissopalynology in area environmental studies of radioactive particles, dust and particulate pollution.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A sweet viscous liquid food, produced in the honey sacs of various bees from nectar collected from flowers. The nectar is ripened into honey by inversion of its sucrose sugar into fructose and glucose. It is somewhat acidic and has mild antiseptic properties, being sometimes used in the treatment of burns and lacerations.
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Translations for honey
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a sweet, thick fluid made by bees from the nectar of flowers
bread and honey.
- melPortuguese (BR)
- der HonigGerman
- 蜂蜜Chinese (Trad.)
- mật ong; mậtVietnamese
- 蜂蜜Chinese (Simp.)
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