Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Honeydew.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sweet substance found on lime-trees and some other plants. Bees and ants are fond of it. It is a curious misnomer, as it is the excretion of the aphis or vine-fretter. The way it is excreted is this: the ant beats with its antennæ the abdomen of the aphis, which lifts up the part beaten, and excretes a limpid drop of sweet juice called honeydew.   1



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