nec·​tar | \ ˈnek-tər How to pronounce nectar (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nectarous (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Once the spices have toasted over the fire for a few minutes, just add the pear nectar, port and strips of orange peel. Washington Post, "This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too," 20 Nov. 2020 Small blue borage flowers, which attract bees and butterflies, can replenish their nectar in two minutes. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Do the Planets All Orbit the Sun in the Same Plane?," 19 Nov. 2020 This process washes away much of the nuance produced by the various nectar sources into a sea of sugary, unidimensional syrup. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "The Honey Bear Is Cute, but These Unfiltered Versions Taste So Much Better," 13 Nov. 2020 Their intense proliferation provides a lucrative and predictable nectar flow—perfect for the honey bees, and beekeepers, to capitalize on—but the plants, too, disrupt native ecosystems. Alison Mcafee, Scientific American, "The Problem with Honey Bees," 4 Nov. 2020 The favorite cool-weather nectar sources seem to be dianthus, stock, alyssum, sweet pea and calendula. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 22 Oct. 2020 The center is also giving away a Bountiful Butterflies brochure that highlights 12 native butterflies in adult and larval stages and suggestions for host and nectar plants for your at-home butterfly garden. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "Oct. 15-25: Pumpkin patches, hayrides and other activities coming up in northwest Houston," 13 Oct. 2020 But sometimes a pollinator stays on one flower, eating all its nectar in one go. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "We couldn't have figs without wasps. Here's how mutualism works.," 25 Sep. 2020 Duranta is one of the favorite fall nectar sources. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: What’s blooming in San Antonio gardens in October," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Nectar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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


nec·​tar | \ ˈnek-tər How to pronounce nectar (audio) \

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

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