nec·​tar | \ˈnek-tər \

Definition of nectar 

1a : the drink of the Greek and Roman gods

b : something delicious to drink

c : a beverage of fruit juice and pulp apricot nectar

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

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Other Words from nectar

nectarous \ ˈnek-​t(ə-​)rəs \ adjective

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Nectar is often mentioned in conjunction with ambrosia, the food of the Greek and Roman gods. For centuries, English speakers have used ambrosia to refer to something with an extremely pleasing taste or smell and nectar to refer to a delicious drink, especially a fruit juice. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, however, the powers of nectar and ambrosia far exceeded those of any earthly fare; consuming nectar and ambrosia gave the gods their immortality. In Greek, the literal meanings of ambrosia and nektar are "immortality" and "overcoming death" respectively. Nektar is believed to be a compound of Greek nek- (probably akin to Latin nec-, meaning "death") and -tar (probably akin to Sanksrit tarati, meaning "he overcomes or crosses over").

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Do not treat the lace bugs, and the plants quit blooming and lose both their landscape value and nectar production. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The lantana treatment catch-22 and what to do about it," 29 June 2018 For larger, farther-ranging bee species, such gardens are important flower and nectar resources, like pit-stops scattered across the landscape. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 The spa and fitness center features state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and treatments such as frangipani salt scrubs, sweet orchid body nectar wraps, and amethyst crystal sound baths. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 Ginger Flax Dressing Makes about 1 cup Ingredients: 6 T flaxseed oil 5 T lemon juice 2 T tamari 2 T finely grated fresh ginger 1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos 1 ½ T coconut nectar2 tsp. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018 The omnivore ate invertebrates like insects and spiders, as well as fruit, flowers, and nectar. Gavin Mouldey, National Geographic, "Extinct Burrowing Bat Discovered, and It Was Giant," 11 Jan. 2018 The theory is that the porter weed nectar is exceptionally potent. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s 4 best butterfly-attracting plants," 4 May 2018 The farmers don’t need the flower spike from which bats drink nectar. Darryl Fears, Washington Post, "This bat is the first to make it off the endangered species list. Celebrate with a shot of tequila.," 21 Apr. 2018 Make dressing: In bowl of a food processor, combine garlic, ginger, nut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, agave nectar and sesame oil. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of nectar

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nectar

Latin, from Greek nektar

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of nectar

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

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