From Middle English hony, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-West Germanic *hunag, from Proto-Germanic *hunagą (compare West Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangą (compare Swedish honung), from Proto-Indo-European, from *kn̥h₂ónks. Cognate with Middle Welsh canecon ("gold"), Latin canicae ("bran"), Tocharian B kronkśe ("bee"), Albanian qengjë ("beehive"), Ancient Greek κνῆκος ("safflower"), Northern Kurdish şan ("beehive"), Northern Luri گونج.
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