Meaning of nectar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɛktə/

Translate nectar into Spanish


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

    ‘The number of flowers per inflorescence and the volume of nectar secreted per flower were not correlated.’
    • ‘Flowers offering both nectar and pollen were, as expected, pollinated by diverse small insects, including small bees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The foliage is delightful, and hummingbirds enjoy sipping nectar from its smaller flowers.’
    • ‘Butterflies alight here to sip nectar from a flower.’
    • ‘Honey is made from flower nectar which is collected by the honeybees in spring, summer, and early autumn.’
    • ‘The dynamics of nectar secretion in an individual flower could be differentiated into four phases.’
    • ‘A further 27 flowers did not secrete nectar.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds are very adept at sipping nectar from any or all these plant groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pollen weight and nectar concentration demonstrated a significant time trend.’
    • ‘At higher concentrations a large increase in nectar concentration results in only a small increase in visitation.’
    • ‘Optimal nectar concentrations have been predicted by a plethora of models that differ in detail and realism.’
    • ‘So, to clarify, honeybees go out and collect nectar.’
    • ‘The bees fly within a five mile radius to collect nectar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, the flowers provide nectar for bees, and this makes a delicious honey.’
    • ‘Because females were also prevented from nectar feeding, they were provided with water and honey.’
  • 2(in Greek and Roman mythology) the drink of the gods.

    ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    • ‘Ambrosia, nectar, soma, these swill through our myths and histories’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘Ah, coffee, much needed coffee, sweet nectar of the gods…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Playing it was comparable to drinking the nectar of the gods.’
    • ‘Playing it was comparable to drinking the nectar of the gods.’
    • ‘But creating this delicious nectar of the gods is not only scientific, but potentially life threatening.’
    • ‘Two varieties in particular are like the nectar of the gods to me.’
    1. 2.1A delicious drink.
      ‘the cold pint at the pub was nectar’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In my euphoric state it tasted of nectar, crisp, cool, subtle, delicious.’
      • ‘The industry fills a staggering 50 million-plus bottles of the amber nectar every year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As our wine supply diminishes, so each mouthful becomes nectar.’
      • ‘His mouth filled with the thick nectar, the life bringing substance that he always craved but rarely indulged in.’
    2. 2.2North American A thick fruit juice.
      ‘With technological advancements, mangoes are processed into juice, nectar, squash, pulp, jam, and what not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups peach nectar and 1/2 cup sugar.’
      • ‘She yanked open the fridge door and took out bottle of peach nectar, setting it on the counter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Best known may be the Mango Melon Martini, a blend of vodka, Midori and mango nectar.’


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