nectar

noun
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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How to attract and feed hummingbirds Diluted white sugar most closely resembles the sucrose nectar of flowers the birds feed on. Jessica Pollock, The Conversation, "Curious kids: Why don’t hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?," 23 Aug. 2019 Your flying friends will happily stay where the nectar is and leave your hamburgers and hot dogs alone. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "How to Get Bees to Buzz Off—Without Harming Them," 2 Aug. 2019 The bees will go after the pollen and nectar in the plants and lay off the hummingbird feeders. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bees and wasps driving off hummingbirds at Martinez feeder," 21 Aug. 2019 The males do drink nectar and pollinate plants, but not to the degree that other insects do, like bees. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "How Mosquitos Helped Shape the Course of Human History," 5 Aug. 2019 Instead, the bees make wax cups on the floor of the nest and fill it with nectar and pollen for bee larvae to crawl around in. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "It’s Alabama’s stinging season: How to identify yellow jacket, hornet and bees’ nests," 1 July 2019 In addition to needing pollen and nectar like other bees, Shelomi said, sweat bees, which are dark-colored and metallic, will occasionally need salt to supplement their diet. oregonlive, "Doctors find 4 bees living in woman’s eye, feeding off her tears," 10 Apr. 2019 Bees also collect nectar from flowers, using it to build their energy reserves while storing it briefly in their stomachs, where enzymes turn its sugars into a diluted honey. Washington Post, "To help bees through lean times, plant a variety of blooms," 3 Sep. 2019 This one, like all the products from Bite Beauty, is made up of all natural ingredients: agave nectar to soften, lanolin to retain moisture, and jojoba oil to nourish. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nectar (audio) \

Kids Definition of nectar

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

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