- Gr. & Rom. Myth. the drink of the gods
- any very delicious beverage
- Bot. the sweetish liquid in many flowers, used by bees for the making of honey
Origin of nectarClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek nektar ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of necros, dead body (see necro-) + tar, who overcomes (akin to Sanskrit tarati, he overcomes): hence, death-overcoming: the drink was held to confer immortality
- A sweet liquid that many plants secrete from specialized structures, often inside flowers, where it serves to attract pollinators such as certain insects and birds. Bees use nectar to make honey.
- Greek & Roman Mythology The drink of the gods.
- a. A beverage containing fruit juice or purée.b. A delicious or invigorating drink.
Origin of nectarLatin, from Greek nektar, drink of the gods; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.