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1.Abbr. hny. a. A sweet yellowish or brownish viscid fluid produced by various bees from the nectar of flowers and used as food. b. A similar substance made by certain other insects.
2.A sweet substance, such as nectar.
4.Sugary or ingratiating words; flattery.
5.Informal. Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
6.Informal. Something remarkably fine: a honey of a car.
honeyed or honied (hùn´êd) honeying, honeys
1.To sweeten with or as if with honey.
2.To cajole with sweet talk.
[Middle English honi, from Old English hunig.]
Honey, sweet, thick, supersaturated sugar solution manufactured by bees to feed their larvae and for subsistence in winter. The nectar of flowers is ingested by worker bees and converted to honey in sacs in their esophagi. It is stored and aged in combs in their hives. Bee honey is an important constituent of the diet of many animals, and is put to many uses by humans. Bee honey is composed of fructose, glucose, and water, in varying proportions; it also contains several enzymes and oils. The color and flavor depend on the age of the honey and on the source of the nectar. Light-colored honeys are usually of higher quality than darker honeys. Honey to be marketed is usually heated and poured into sealed containers to prevent crystallization.
Kisses honeyed by oblivion.
George Eliot (1819-80), English novelist. The Spanish Gypsy, bk. 3 (1868).
Our treasure lies in the
beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being
by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Genealogy of Morals, "Preface," sct. 1 (1887; tr. 1956).
If you know somebody is
to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very
and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.
A. N. Wilson (b. 1950), British author. Quoted in: Independent on Sunday (London, 13 Sept. 1992).
I admire people who are suited to the
life. . . . They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just
be. It's wonderful to have someone like that around, you always feel
can count on them. You can go away and come back, you can change your
and your hairdo and your politics, and when you get through doing all
upsetting things, you look around and there they are, just the way they
were, just being.
Elizabeth Janeway (b. 1913), U.S. author. Accident on Route 37, "Elizabeth Jowett" (1964).
Food and Drink, 3000 B.C.E.
Sumerian foods mentioned in Gilgamesh include caper buds, wild cucumbers, ripe figs, grapes, several edible leaves and stems, honey, meat seasoned with herbs, and bread- a kind of pancake made of barley flour mixed with sesame seed flour and onions.
Scientists seek help from honey
RESEARCHERS have genetically altered plants so that bees produce foreign proteins in their nectar. They hope that the bees will create honey containing a variety of drugs or vaccines.
The honey could be fed to patients, or drugs could be extracted from it, according to New Scientist magazine.
"It's a production system
that would require very little purification," said Dr Tineke Creemers,
of the Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research, Wageningen,