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hon·ey

(hŭn'ē),
1. Clarified honey, a saccharine substance deposited in the honeycomb by the honeybee, Apis mellifera; used as an excipient, as a flavor in gargles and cough remedies, and as a food.
2. In veterinary medicine, used as a wound or burn dressing.
Synonym(s): mel (1)
[A.S. hunig]

honey

A sweet, golden-brown, sticky fluid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers and stored in hives for food; honey has long been advocated as a healthy food that is superior to sugar.

honey

[AS. hunig]
A sweet thick liquid substance produced by bees via the enzymatic digestion of the sucrose in nectar into fructose and glucose. The honey's color and flavor are determined by the flowers from which the nectar was obtained. Honey has been used by humans as a food since ancient times. Honey is composed of mostly fructose and glucose with a typical moisture content of about 17%. It is unsafe for human infants to consume honey because it can contain Clostridium botulinum spores. This is usually not an issue for older individuals, as their stomach acid is sufficient to inhibit the growth of this organism.
References in classic literature ?
But honey is gathered from flowers outside two miles away sometimes," cried Melissa.
I knew they didn't know how honey was made, but they've forgotten the Order of the Flowers
Help me to bear my honey home, and you can stay with us tonight," he kindly said.
Some bore her fresh dew and honey, some fanned her with fragrant flower-leaves, while others scattered the sweetest perfumes on the air.
You must each day gather your share of honey, see that your cell is sweet and fresh, as you yourself must be; rise with the sun, and with him to sleep.
So he sought out the idle, wilful bees, whom he had first made discontented, bidding them follow him, and win the honey the Queen had stored up for the winter.
So while the industrious bees were out among the flowers, he led the drones to the hive, and took possession of the honey, destroying and laying waste the home of the kind bees; then, fearing that in their grief and anger they might harm him, Thistle flew away to seek new friends.
So he flew down into the field below, and hastened busily from flower to flower, till he had filled a tiny blue-bell with sweet, fresh honey.
But the bees never saw him, for he feared he had not yet done enough to win their forgiveness and friendship; so he lived alone among the vines, daily bringing them honey, and doing some kindly action.
As food, honey is mainly composed of the simple sugars fructose and glucose, which form the basis of almost all indications on how, when and why to use it.
Honey is a sweet food made by honey bees (Apis melifera) using nectar from flowers.
Omanis collected honey since old times before honey collection turned to be a profession that is looked after by the government institutions concerned with agriculture and before honey collectors of farmers, livestock breeders and beekeepers were trained and provided appropriate tools in order to produce honey for commercial purposes, as well as for domestic use, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).