Honey buzzard
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Honey Buzzard — Taxobox name = Honey Buzzard status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Falconiformes familia = Accipitridae genus = Pernis species = P. apivorus binomial = Pernis apivorus binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • honey buzzard — noun Old World hawk that feeds on bee larvae and small rodents and reptiles • Syn: ↑Pernis apivorus • Hypernyms: ↑hawk • Member Holonyms: ↑Pernis, ↑genus Pernis * * * noun : a European hawk ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • honey buzzard — /ˈhʌni bʌzəd/ (say hunee buzuhd) noun any of various hawks of the genera Pernis or Henicopernis, which feed on insects and small reptiles, and destroy nests of bees and wasps to eat the larvae, especially the European honey buzzard, P. apivoris …   Australian English dictionary

  • Honey Buzzard — vapsvaėdis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Pernis apivorus angl. Honey Buzzard vok. Wespenbussard …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • honey buzzard — tikrieji vapsvaėdžiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Pernis angl. honey buzzard vok. Wespenbussard, m rus. осоед, m pranc. bondrée, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – vanaginiai siauresnis terminas – kuoduotasis vapsvaėdis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • honey buzzard — n. buzzard like hawk that feeds on honey from bees nests …   English contemporary dictionary

  • honey buzzard — a long tailed Old World hawk, Pernis apivorus, that feeds on the larvae of bees as well as on small rodents, reptiles, and insects. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • honey buzzard — noun A bird of prey in the family Accipitridae; Pernis apivorus. Syn: pern …   Wiktionary

  • honey buzzard — noun a large broad winged bird of prey feeding chiefly on bees and wasps and their nests. [Pernis apivorus and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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