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nectar

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noun nec·tar \ˈnek-tər\

Simple Definition of nectar

  • : the drink that the Greek and Roman gods drank

  • : a thick juice made from a particular fruit

  • : a sweet liquid produced by plants and used by bees in making honey

Full Definition of nectar

  1. 1 a :  the drink of the Greek and Roman gods b :  something delicious to drink c :  a beverage of fruit juice and pulp <apricot nectar>

  2. 2 :  a sweet liquid that is secreted by the nectaries of a plant and is the chief raw material of honey

nec·tar·ous play \-t(ə-)rəs\ adjective

Origin of nectar

Latin, from Greek nektar


First Known Use: 1555

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