nectar

noun
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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Per Us Weekly, the drink is made of Bandero tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, jalapeño slices, and a little salt. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Custom Details That Made Kaley Cuoco's Wedding So Dazzling," 16 Jan. 2019 The Miss Dessert signature yoji nectar ($5.99) — a blend of coconut, mango and grapefruit with little pearls of sticky rice — is a refreshing favorite that will become even more so when the thermometer hits 120. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in May: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 15 May 2018 Then, strain out the ginger and remove the tea bag, before pouring the hot unsweetened hemp milk into your hot water and stirring in coconut nectar. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Dairy-Free (and Delicious!) Lattes to Power Your Day," 13 Aug. 2018 Schulz makes one mistake, though, in suggesting that long bills evolved to reach nectar as a way around plant defenses. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018 With 25-45 hours of burn time, this beauty smells like a combo of apples, clove spice and golden nectar while being bold enough to fill an entire room without being super overpowering. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "7 Fall Candles Under $60," 16 Nov. 2018 Power Moves: This birthday month has brought you all flavors of cake, Leo, and the ultimate lesson lies in learning which really resonate with the nectar of your soul. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes Aug 13-19," 11 Aug. 2018 Prerogative is described as oriental and woody, with notes of pink pepper, red goji berries, and apricot nectar upon first spritz. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Is Launching a A Unisex Fragrance Called Prerogative," 17 July 2018 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

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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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nectar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nectar

literary : 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

nectar

noun
nec·​tar | \ ˈnek-tər \

Kids Definition of nectar

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

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