Etymology
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honeycomb (n.)

Old English hunigcamb; see honey (n.) + comb (n.). This use of the Germanic "comb" word seems to be peculiar to English, and the likeness is not obvious. Perhaps the image is from the comb used in wool-combing, but that extended sense of comb is not attested before Middle English. In other Germanic languages the word for it is "honey-string," "honey-cake," "bee-wafer," etc. Latin has favus, Greek melikerion

Transferred use, in reference to various structures resembling honeycomb, is from 1520s. As a verb, from 1620s (implied in honeycombed).

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Definitions of honeycomb
1
honeycomb (v.)
carve a honeycomb pattern into;
The cliffs were honeycombed
honeycomb (v.)
penetrate thoroughly and into every part;
the revolutionaries honeycombed the organization
honeycomb (v.)
make full of cavities, like a honeycomb;
2
honeycomb (n.)
a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae;
honeycomb (n.)
a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees;
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