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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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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The wonderful flowers are a magnet for butterflies, bees, wasps and other nectar-feeding pollinators. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "These two easy-to-grow perennials will attract tons of beneficial insects in your Texas garden," 6 Aug. 2019 This can devastate more insects across the food web than nectar contaminated with insecticides could, the team says, because honeydew is more abundant, especially in agricultural fields. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "This tiny insect could be delivering toxic pesticides to honey bees and other beneficial bugs," 5 Aug. 2019 Mohammad brines the roasted half chicken ($22) for a day before pounding it down and finishing it to order at high heat to crisp up the skin to that brown crust that tastes of the oven and salt and poultry nectar. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant review: Bettola gives Aurora a date night-perfect Italian bistro," 1 Aug. 2019 So farmers and gardeners can lure the wasps by planting nectar-producing flowers among their crops. Los Angeles Times, "Pollinators & predators in your garden: How to save one, kill the other," 17 July 2019 Plant milkweed, porter weed, mist flower, zinnias, salvia, duranta and lantana for late summer butterfly nectar sources. Calvin Finch,, "Fall tomato season is almost here," 12 July 2019 Other market vendors and items include Alaska Sprouts, Flourishing, Fat Corgi Confections, Mosquito Mama, Capriccio Specialties and Jonsers nectarsSouth Anchorage Farmers Market: Looking for fresh, Alaska strawberries? Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 This summer specialty is made with Zapopan silver tequila, gran gala orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Where to find your new favorite margarita in Chicago," 4 May 2017 Twenty-two plants are included as nectar sources from bee balm and gaura to phlox and verbena. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 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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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) \

Kids Definition of nectar

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

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