Definition of nectar in English:



mass noun
  • 1A sugary fluid secreted within flowers to encourage pollination by insects and other animals, collected by bees to make into honey.

    • ‘Optimal nectar concentrations have been predicted by a plethora of models that differ in detail and realism.’
    • ‘The foliage is delightful, and hummingbirds enjoy sipping nectar from its smaller flowers.’
    • ‘The mistletoe usually ceases to produce nectar within the flower once it is opened, thereby encouraging birds to concentrate on opening new flowers rather than revisiting old ones.’
    • ‘God has equipped the hummingbird with a needle-like bill which penetrates deep into flowers to extract nectar.’
    • ‘Honeybee colonies rob honey from each other during periods of nectar dearth.’
    • ‘The dynamics of nectar secretion in an individual flower could be differentiated into four phases.’
    • ‘At higher concentrations a large increase in nectar concentration results in only a small increase in visitation.’
    • ‘Pollen weight and nectar concentration demonstrated a significant time trend.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds are very adept at sipping nectar from any or all these plant groups.’
    • ‘Because females were also prevented from nectar feeding, they were provided with water and honey.’
    • ‘The bees fly within a five mile radius to collect nectar.’
    • ‘The number of flowers per inflorescence and the volume of nectar secreted per flower were not correlated.’
    • ‘Butterflies alight here to sip nectar from a flower.’
    • ‘So, to clarify, honeybees go out and collect nectar.’
    • ‘Also, the flowers provide nectar for bees, and this makes a delicious honey.’
    • ‘Flowers offering both nectar and pollen were, as expected, pollinated by diverse small insects, including small bees.’
    • ‘Pollinators visit flowers in search of oils, floral fragrances, pollen or floral nectar.’
    • ‘One well-known example involves animals that feed on floral nectar but do not transfer pollen between flowers.’
    • ‘Honey is made from flower nectar which is collected by the honeybees in spring, summer, and early autumn.’
    • ‘A further 27 flowers did not secrete nectar.’
  • 2(in Greek and Roman mythology) the drink of the gods.

    • ‘Playing it was comparable to drinking the nectar of the gods.’
    • ‘Legend has it that gods and demons fought a great battle for a pitcher of nectar, a drink to ensure immortality.’
    • ‘He opened the flask and took a long drink. ‘'Tis nectar of the Gods!’’
    • ‘Ambrosia, nectar, soma, these swill through our myths and histories’
    • ‘At lunch, they all lay under the deep shade of the cooper beech on the far side of the meadow, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were heavenly, the lemonade, nectar of the gods.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    • ‘Then he drank his lukewarm black coffee and ate the bittersweet chocolate, which went down like so much nectar and ambrosia: never a better breakfast hath man eaten, Bob felt.’
    • ‘Ah, coffee, much needed coffee, sweet nectar of the gods…’
    • ‘Two varieties in particular are like the nectar of the gods to me.’
    • ‘The thirst that from the soul doth rise, doth ask a drink divine, but might I of Jove's nectar cup, I will not change for thine.’
    • ‘The coffee was like nectar as Mahan took a hearty draught before sitting down behind his desk.’
    • ‘Amygdalus persica, Nucipersica group, a variety of peach with a smooth skin and a flavour so fine that the fruit is named for nectar, the legendary drink of the classical gods.’
    • ‘But creating this delicious nectar of the gods is not only scientific, but potentially life threatening.’
    1. 2.1 A delicious drink.
      ‘the cold pint at the pub was nectar’
      • ‘She received a card from the queen, a telegram from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and a card from Guinness on hearing that she drinks a bottle of the satin nectar every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.’
      • ‘In my euphoric state it tasted of nectar, crisp, cool, subtle, delicious.’
      • ‘As our wine supply diminishes, so each mouthful becomes nectar.’
      • ‘The industry fills a staggering 50 million-plus bottles of the amber nectar every year.’
      • ‘His mouth filled with the thick nectar, the life bringing substance that he always craved but rarely indulged in.’
      • ‘The final result is nectar to many, myself included, although these whiskies also contain hints of iodine and seaweed and a taste of burnt wood that can disturb.’
      • ‘The Hot & Sour Chicken Soup served in a coconut at 32 yuan is appealing and a spoon is necessary to get every drop of the delicious nectar.’
    2. 2.2North American A thick fruit juice.
      • ‘She yanked open the fridge door and took out bottle of peach nectar, setting it on the counter.’
      • ‘She put it down and grabbed the peach nectar, putting it back into the fridge and returning the vodka to the cabinet, removing the evidence.’
      • ‘Parmalat managing director Piet Theron has said his company was paying an incorrect duty on juice concentrates it is importing from South Africa for the production of its varieties of nectar juices.’
      • ‘With technological advancements, mangoes are processed into juice, nectar, squash, pulp, jam, and what not.’
      • ‘Aidan had set out a repast of beef stew and warm, crusty white bread along with peach nectar to drink.’
      • ‘The restaurants also serve mango lasi, a popular Indian drink made with yogurt and mango nectar.’
      • ‘My little pizza was $2, beers were 80 cents, and a liter of apricot nectar was 60 cents.’
      • ‘In a saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups peach nectar and 1/2 cup sugar.’
      • ‘Best known may be the Mango Melon Martini, a blend of vodka, Midori and mango nectar.’
      • ‘I'm used to Emily saying things like that, so I don't take any notice, just nod and pick up a bottle of peach nectar off the shelf, slosh it around, wrinkle my nose.’


Mid 16th century (in nectar (sense 2)): via Latin from Greek nektar.