Nectar meaning

nĕk'tər
The sweetish liquid in many flowers, used by bees for the making of honey.
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A sweet liquid secreted by plants as food to attract animals that will benefit them. Many flowers produce nectar to attract pollinating insects, birds, and bats. Bees collect nectar to make into honey. Nectar is produced in structures called nectaries. Some plants have nectaries located elsewhere, outside the flower. These provide a food source for animals such as ants which in turn defend the plant from harmful insects. Nectar consists primarily of water and varying concentrations of many different sugars, including fructose, glucose, and sucrose.
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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.
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The drink of the gods.
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The drink of the gods.
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Any very delicious beverage.
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(chiefly mythology) The drink of the gods. [from 16th c.]
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(by extension) Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice. [from 16th c.]
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(botany) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of nectar

  • Latin from Greek nektar drink of the gods nek-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin nectar, from Ancient Greek νέκταρ (nektar, “nourishment of the gods"), from νέκ (nek, “death") (see necro-) + ταρ (tar, “overcoming"), from Proto-Indo-European *tere (“to overcome, pass through, cross over").
    From Wiktionary