a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
fruit juice especially when undiluted
(classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
The drink of the gods.
Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice.
The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds.
Origin: From nectar, from νέκταρ, of unknown origin.
the drink of the gods (as ambrosia was their food); hence, any delicious or inspiring beverage
a sweetish secretion of blossoms from which bees make honey
Origin: [L., fr. Gr. .]
Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants. It is produced in glands called nectaries, either within the flowers in which it attracts pollinating animals, or by extrafloral nectaries which provide a nutrient source to animal mutualists, which in turn provide anti-herbivore protection. Common nectar-consuming pollinators include bees, butterflies and moths, hummingbirds and bats. Nectar is an ecologically important item, the sugar source for honey. It is also useful in agriculture and horticulture because the adult stages of some predatory insects feed on nectar such as almost all solitary wasps. In turn, these wasps then hunt agricultural pest insects as food for their young. For example, thread-waisted wasps are known for hunting caterpillars that are destructive to crops. Nectar secretion increases as the flower is visited by pollinators. After pollination, the nectar is frequently reabsorbed into the plant.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nek′tar, n. the name given by Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, &c. to the beverage of the gods, giving life and beauty: a delicious beverage: the honey of the glands of plants.—adjs. Nectā′real, Nectā′rean, pertaining to, or resembling, nectar: delicious; Nec′tared, imbued with nectar: mingled or abounding with nectar; Nectā′reous, Nec′tarous, pertaining to, containing, or resembling nectar: delicious.—adv. Nectā′reously, in a nectareous manner.—n. Nectā′reousness, the quality of being nectareous.—adjs. Nectā′rial; Nectarif′erous, producing nectar or honey: having a nectary; Nec′tarine, sweet as nectar.—n. a variety of peach with a smooth fruit.—n. Nec′tary, the part of a flower which secretes the nectar or honey. [L.,—Gr. nektar; ety. dub.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the regard of the Greeks the drink of the gods, which, along with ambrosia, their food, nourished the ichor, their blood, and kept them ever in the bloom of immortal youth; it was not permitted to mortals to drink of it.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Sugar-rich liquid produced in plant glands called nectaries. It is either produced in flowers or other plant structures, providing a source of attraction for pollinating insects and animals, as well as being a nutrient source to animal mutualists which provide protection of plants against herbivores.
The numerical value of nectar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of nectar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Where there is love there is the nectar of life, the happiness.
It might be possible to wipe out a few species but we don't want to wipe out the good guys because a lot of them serve as food for frogs, fish and bats, many also visit flowers to feed on nectar and may play a role in pollination.
In all four incidents, bees were found near one species of tree, we have no indication that pesticides were used on the linden trees where they were found, but there has been some research suggesting that the bumblebee is not able to process the nectar in these trees.
What the caffeine is doing is the plant manipulating the bee in a way that is good for the plant, but not so good for the bee because the bee is kind of being tricked into thinking that the nectar is of a higher quality - that is it has more sugar than it really does.
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- رَحِيق, رحيقArabic
- nèctarCatalan, Valencian
- nektar, saftevandDanish
- nektari, linnunmaito, mehu, mesiFinnish
- nektár, istenek itala, virágmézHungarian
- 美酒, 花蜜Japanese
- waihonga, ngongoMāori
- nektar, nectarDutch
- chʼilátah baa hózhónii bijeehNavajo, Navaho
- néctar, néctar dos deusesPortuguese
- rượu tiênVietnamese
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