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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Recent Examples on the Web Pair a daiquiri with your meal, but don’t expect a sticky-sweet nectar to flavor your cocktail. al, "These are the 10 best restaurants in Birmingham in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Just 250 to 400 of these striking black-and-yellow nectar feeders remain, and an estimated 80% of breeding pairs nest in the Greater Blue Mountains. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "A fires rage across Australia, fears grow for rare species," 17 Dec. 2019 Milkweed gives monarchs a place to lay their eggs the spring while nectar plants provide energy via food. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Extra-Large Migration of Monarch Butterflies Fluttering Through Texas," 15 Oct. 2019 Sherlin said honeybees fly only within a three-mile radius sipping nectar to pollinate flowers. Steve Sadin,, "Bees buzz around businesses in Deerfield and Skokie to help pollinate flowers," 7 Oct. 2019 In their experiment, the researchers spiked nectar with a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids at a similar concentration that's been found in wild flowers. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds," 3 Mar. 2020 This pattern arose because greener, healthier plants produce more nectar capable of sustaining migrating monarchs, Zipkin and her co-authors suspect. Gabriel Popkin, Scientific American, "What Is Really Killing Monarch Butterflies?," 1 Mar. 2020 Researchers had long suspected that because the female flowers of S. fungiforme are covered in hard scales that shield its nectar, it couldn’t be pollinated by a bird or bee. David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "Caught in the act: Opossums pollinate bizarre parasitic plant," 12 Feb. 2020 Bermejo prefers agave nectar made from piñas that are roasted at lower-than-average temperatures and pulled from the ovens before aggressive caramelization kicks in. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 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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21 Mar 2020

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“Nectar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 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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