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

Other Words from nectar

nectarous \ ˈnek-​t(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce nectar (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").

Examples of nectar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its liquor was the star player in a boozy Mangoneada, made with mango puree and nectar that's spiced up with fruity chamoy sauce and Tajin chile powder. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 For a shorter Spa treatment guests can enjoy a 25-minute deep tissue massage followed by a 15 minute relaxation massage and reflexology for hands and feet, all performed with Roucou Oil produced by St. Maarten nectar. Roger Sands, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 His monarch habitat revitalization plan, created with the help of the Xerces Society, includes planting more than 1,200 native nectar-producing flowers, shrubs and grasses there. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Horsemint is a favorite nectar source for pollinators. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 July 2021 Without as many aphids, there may be more foliage and nectar available for monarchs, but the water spray would cause some minor disruption to the egg-laying and feeding by butterflies and their caterpillars. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 As a bonus, their blooms provide nectar and pollen for pollinators and other beneficial insects. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 Depending on the soil fertility of the site, the sunflowers will grow from 6 to 12 feet tall with attractive but undisciplined yellow blooms that attract the butterflies with their nectar. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 July 2021 The show’s playful look is like the sweet-smelling nectar of a pitcher plant, luring unsuspecting viewers into its welcoming cavity, only to plunge them into deeper, scarier emotions. The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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


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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