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honeycomb

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Etymology

From honey + comb.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈhʌniːkəʊm/
Honeycomb with drone eggs.

Noun

Singular
honeycomb

Plural
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honeycomb ({{{1}}})
  1. A structure of hexagonal cells made by bees primarily of wax, to hold their larvae and for storing the honey to feed the larvae and to feed themselves during winter.
  2. Any structure resembling a honeycomb.
    • The wood porch was a honeycomb of termite tunnels before we replaced it.
    1797 Adams, John, (Letter from John Adams to Uriah Forrest, June 20, 1797), compiled in Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, at http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Notable_Comments_on_Jefferson_(Contemporary)
    • [there is in Jefferson]...evidence of a mind soured, yet seeking for popularity, and eaten to a honeycomb with ambition....

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Verb

Infinitive
to honeycomb

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to honeycomb (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To riddle something with holes, especially in such a pattern.
    Termites will honeycomb a porch made of untreated pine.

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