Honey

Definition of Honey

Hon´ey   Pronunciation: hŭn´ŷ
n.1.A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb.
2.That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey.
The honey of his language.
- Shak.
3.Sweet one; - a term of endearment.
Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus.
- Shak.
Honey ant
(Zool.) a small ant (Myrmecocystus melliger), found in the Southwestern United States, and in Mexico, living in subterranean formicares. There are larger and smaller ordinary workers, and others, which serve as receptacles or cells for the storage of honey, their abdomens becoming distended to the size of a currant. These, in times of scarcity, regurgitate the honey and feed the rest.
Honey badger
(Zool.) the ratel.
Honey bear
(Zool.) See Kinkajou.
Honey buzzard
(Zool.) a bird related to the kites, of the genus Pernis. The European species is Pernis apivorus; the Indian or crested honey buzzard is Pernis ptilorhyncha. They feed upon honey and the larvæ of bees. Called also bee hawk, bee kite.
Honey guide
(Zool.) one of several species of small birds of the family Indicatoridæ, inhabiting Africa and the East Indies. They have the habit of leading persons to the nests to wild bees. Called also honeybird, and indicator.
Honey harvest
the gathering of honey from hives, or the honey which is gathered.
Honey kite
(Zool.) See Honey buzzard (above).
- Dryden.
Honey locust
(Bot.) a North American tree (Gleditschia triacanthos), armed with thorns, and having long pods with a sweet pulp between the seeds.
Honey month
Same as Honeymoon.
Honey weasel
(Zool.) the ratel.
v. i.1.To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
[imp. & p. p. Honeyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Honeying.]
Rough to common men,
But honey at the whisper of a lord.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey.
Canst thou not honey me with fluent speech?
- Marston.

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