Agave and Honey

Agave

Agave ( or ) is a genus of monocots. The plants are perennial, but each rosette flowers once and then dies (see semelparity).

agave n : tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber [syn: {century plant}, {American aloe}]

Agave \A*ga"ve\, n. [L. Agave, prop. name, fr. Gr. ?, fem. of ? illustrious, noble.] (bot.) A genus of plants (order {Amaryllidace[ae]}) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant ({Agave Americana}), wrongly called Aloe. It is from ten to seventy years, according to climate, in attaining maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. The fermented juice is the {pulque} of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields {mescal}. A strong thread and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses. [1913 Webster]

Honey

Honey () is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referenced, as it is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans.

honey adj : having the color of honey n 1: a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees 2: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn: {beloved}, {dear}, {dearest}, {loved one}, {love}] v : sweeten with honey [also: {honied}]

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "honey": Jell-O, ace, ambrosia, angel, artificial sweetener, babe, baby, baby-doll, beaut, beloved, blackstrap, blancmange, blarney, butter, butter up, buttercup, calcium cyclamate, candy, cane syrup, captive, catch, cherub, chick, chickabiddy, clover honey, comb honey, comfit, compote, confection, confectionery, confiture, conquest, conserve, coquette, corker, corn syrup, crackerjack, cyclamates, daisy, dandy, darb, darling, date, dear, deary, dilly, doll, dream, duck, duckling, dulcify, edulcorate, edulcoration, flame, flirt, frosting, gelatin, get around, glaze, heartthrob, hon, honey bunch, honey child, honeycomb, honeydew, honeypot, humdinger, icing, inamorata, jam, jelly, jolly, kid along, killer-diller, knockout, ladylove, lamb, lambkin, lay it on, lollapaloosa, love, lover, lulu, maple syrup, marmalade, meringue, molasses, mousse, mull, nectar, oil, overdo it, peach, pet, petkins, pip, pippin, play up to, precious, precious heart, preserve, saccharification, saccharify, saccharin, snookums, soap, sodium cyclamate, soft-soap, soften up, sorghum, steady, string along, stroke, sugar, sugar off, sugar-making, sugarcoat, sugaring off, sweet, sweet patootie, sweet stuff, sweeten, sweetener, sweetening, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweetmeat, sweets, syrup, the nuts, treacle, truelove, tutti-frutti, vamp, vampire, whipped cream, whiz

Honey \Hon"ey\, v. t. To make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey. [1913 Webster] Canst thou not honey me with fluent speech? --Marston. [1913 Webster]

Honey \Hon"ey\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Honeyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Honeying}.] To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn. ``Honeying and making love.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] Rough to common men, But honey at the whisper of a lord. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Honey \Hon"ey\ (h[u^]n"[y^]), n. [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. h[*a]ning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. ka[.n]a grain.] 1. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey. [1913 Webster] The honey of his language. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Sweet one; -- a term of endearment. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Honey is often used adjectively or as the first part of compound; as, honeydew or honey dew; honey guide or honeyguide; honey locust or honey-locust. [1913 Webster] {Honey ant} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), the ratel. {Honey bear}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Kinkajou}. {Honey buzzard} (Zo["o]l.), 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 larv[ae] of bees. Called also {bee hawk}, {bee kite}. {Honey guide} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small birds of the family {Indicatorid[ae]}, 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. --Dryden. {Honey kite}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Honey buzzard} (above). {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} (Zo["o]l.), the ratel. [1913 Webster]

Honey (1.) Heb. ya'ar, occurs only 1 Sam. 14:25, 27, 29; Cant. 5:1, where it denotes the honey of bees. Properly the word signifies a forest or copse, and refers to honey found in woods. (2.) Nopheth, honey that drops (Ps. 19:10; Prov. 5:3; Cant. 4:11). (3.) Debash denotes bee-honey (Judg. 14:8); but also frequently a vegetable honey distilled from trees (Gen. 43:11; Ezek. 27:17). In these passages it may probably mean "dibs," or syrup of grapes, i.e., the juice of ripe grapes boiled down to one-third of its bulk. (4.) Tsuph, the cells of the honey-comb full of honey (Prov. 16:24; Ps. 19:10). (5.) "Wild honey" (Matt. 3:4) may have been the vegetable honey distilled from trees, but rather was honey stored by bees in rocks or in trees (Deut. 32:13; Ps. 81:16; 1 Sam. 14:25-29). Canaan was a "land flowing with milk and honey" (Ex. 3:8). Milk and honey were among the chief dainties in the earlier ages, as they are now among the Bedawin; and butter and honey are also mentioned among articles of food (Isa. 7:15). The ancients used honey instead of sugar (Ps. 119:103; Prov. 24:13); but when taken in great quantities it caused nausea, a fact referred to in Prov. 25:16, 17 to inculcate moderation in pleasures. Honey and milk also are put for sweet discourse (Cant. 4:11).

Data Sources:

  • agave: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • agave: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • honey: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • honey: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • honey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • honey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • honey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • honey: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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