1Any of various plants having flowers yielding abundant nectar favoured by bees, or having a honey-like scent.
2Any of several South African shrubs of the genus Melianthus, having large, pinnate glaucous leaves and brown nectar-rich flowers; especially M. major, which is grown as an ornamental.
3British dialect, historical, rare The bee orchid, Ophrys apifera.
4Australian The mountain devil, Lambertia formosa, which has nectar-rich flowers.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in The Kingis Quair. From honey + flower.