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[nek-ter] /ˈnɛk tər/

the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower.
the juice of a fruit, especially when not diluted, or a blend of fruit juices:
pear nectar; tropical nectar.
Classical Mythology. the life-giving drink of the gods.
Compare (def 1).
any delicious drink.
a sugary fluid produced in the nectaries of plants and collected by bees and other animals
(classical myth) the drink of the gods Compare ambrosia (sense 1)
any delicious drink, esp a sweet one
something very pleasant or welcome: your words are nectar to me
(mainly US)


1550s, from Latin nectar, from Greek nektar, name of the drink of the gods, which is said to be a compound of nek- “death” (see necro-) + -tar “overcoming,” from PIE *tere- “to cross over, pass through, overcome.” Meaning “sweet liquid in flowers” first recorded c.1600.
A sweet liquid secreted by plants as food to attract animals that will benefit them. Many flowers produce nectar to attract pollinating insects, birds, and bats. Bees collect nectar to make into honey. Nectar is produced in structures called nectaries. Some plants have nectaries located elsewhere, outside the flower. These provide a food source for animals such as ants which in turn defend the plant from harmful insects. Nectar consists primarily of water and varying concentrations of many different sugars, including fructose, glucose, and sucrose.


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