(bot.) The sweetish liquid in many flowers, used by bees for the making of honey.
(class. myth.) The drink of the gods.
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.
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.
(chiefly mythology) The drink of the gods. [from 16th c.]
(by extension) Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice. [from 16th c.]
Other Word Forms
Origin of nectar
Latin from Greek nektardrink of the godsnek-1 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinnectar, 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").
Nectar Sentence Examples
Flowers with nectar partly concealed and visible only in bright sunshine.
The taste of your sweet nectar before I tear you apart?
This smelled sweeter, like nectar.
Thus, wasps catch flies; worker ants make raids and carry off weak insects of many kinds; bees gather nectar from flowers and transform it into honey within their stomachs - largely for the sake of feeding the larvae in the nest.
Butterflies feed on nectar from flowers through a long tubular mouth.