nectary

noun

nec·​tary ˈnek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce nectary (audio)
plural nectaries
: a plant gland that secretes nectar

Example Sentences

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, 22 Nov. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nectary was in 1759

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Cite this Entry

“Nectary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nectary. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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nectary

noun
nec·​tary ˈnek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce nectary (audio)
plural nectaries
: a plant gland that secretes nectar

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