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nec·tar / ˈnektər/ • n. 1. a sugary fluid secreted by plants, esp. within flowers to encourage pollination by insects and other animals. It is collected by bees to make into honey. 2. (in Greek and Roman mythology) the drink of the gods. ∎  a delicious drink: the cold beer at the pub was nectar. ∎  a thick fruit juice: peach nectar. DERIVATIVES: nec·tar·e·an / nekˈte(ə)rēən/ adj. nec·tar·e·ous / nekˈte(ə)rēəs/ adj. nec·tar·ous / -əs/ adj.

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nectar drink of the gods; delicious drink, sweet fluid. XVI. — L. — Gr. néktar, of uncert. orig.
So nectarean XVII, -eous XVIII, -ian XVII; after L. nectareus, Gr. nektáreos, F. nectaréen, nectarine (-INE1) variety of peach. XVII. prob. sb. use of nectarine adj. nectary (bot.) part of a flower that secretes nectar. XVIII. — modL. nectārium.

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nectar Sweet liquid secreted by flowering plants. It consists mainly of a solution of glucose, fructose and sucrose in water. The glands (nectaries) that produce it usually lie at the base of the flower petals but may be found also in parts of the stem or at the leaf bases. Nectar attracts insects, which help with cross-pollination.

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nectar A sugary liquid produced in plants by nectaries, regions of secretory cells on the receptacle or other parts of a flower. It attracts pollinating insects or other animals.

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nectar in Greek and Roman mythology, the drink of the gods. The word comes from Greek nektar, the ultimate origin of which is unexplained.

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nectar A liquid, secreted by a nectary, that is up to 60 per cent sugar. It is from nectar that bees make honey.

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nectar: see ambrosia.

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nectarabetter, begetter, better, bettor, biretta, bruschetta, carburettor (US carburetor), debtor, feta, fetter, forgetter, getter, go-getter, Greta, Henrietta, letter, Loretta, mantelletta, operetta, petter, Quetta, setter, sinfonietta, sweater, upsetter, Valletta, vendetta, whetter •bisector, collector, connector, convector, corrector, defector, deflector, detector, director, ejector, elector, erector, hector, injector, inspector, nectar, objector, perfecter, projector, prospector, protector, rector, reflector, rejector, respecter, sector, selector, Spector, spectre (US specter), vector •belter, delta, helter-skelter, melter, pelta, Shelta, shelter, swelter, welter •pre-emptor, tempter •assenter, cementer, centre (US center), concentre (US concenter), dissenter, enter, eventer, fermenter (US fermentor), fomenter, frequenter, inventor, lamenter, magenta, placenta, polenta, precentor, presenter, preventer, renter, repenter, tenter, tormentor •inceptor, preceptor, receptor, sceptre (US scepter) •arrester, Avesta, Chester, contester, ester, Esther, fester, fiesta, Hester, investor, jester, Leicester, Lester, molester, Nestor, pester, polyester, protester, quester, semester, sequester, siesta, sou'wester, suggester, tester, trimester, vesta, zester •Webster • dexter • Leinster •Dorchester • Poindexter • newsletter •genuflector • implementer •experimenter • trendsetter •epicentre (US epicenter) •typesetter • jobcentre • photosetter •Cirencester • interceptor • Sylvester

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