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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 ?
"Oh, the Hive subsists on the Hival Honey which the Hive produces," said a blind Oddity squatting in a store-cell.
"But honey is gathered from flowers outside two miles away sometimes," cried Melissa.
"And the Hival Honey is here, is it not?" It opened a fresh store-cell to prove it.
This Hive produces the Hival Honey. You people never seem to grasp the economic simplicity that underlies all life."
"I knew they didn't know how honey was made, but they've forgotten the Order of the Flowers!
The motive power of the process of natural selection having been economy of wax; that individual swarm which wasted least honey in the secretion of wax, having succeeded best, and having transmitted by inheritance its newly acquired economical instinct to new swarms, which in their turn will have had the best chance of succeeding in the struggle for existence.
Thus in Eciton, there are working and soldier neuters, with jaws and instincts extraordinarily different: in Cryptocerus, the workers of one caste alone carry a wonderful sort of shield on their heads, the use of which is quite unknown: in the Mexican Myrmecocystus, the workers of one caste never leave the nest; they are fed by the workers of another caste, and they have an enormously developed abdomen which secretes a sort of honey, supplying the place of that excreted by the aphides, or the domestic cattle as they may be called, which our European ants guard or imprison.
"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.