nec·​tary | \ ˈnek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce nectary (audio) \
plural nectaries

Definition of nectary

: a plant gland that secretes nectar

Examples of nectary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saint-Nectaire—meaning nectary after its aroma—is one of five cheeses that can only be made in the Avergne region, according to France’s Appellation d’Origine Protégée regulations. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "This Cheese’s Secret Ingredient Comes From Caves on Volcanic Hillsides," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nectary

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nectary

New Latin nectarium, irregular from Latin nectar + -arium -ary

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“Nectary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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