Definition of nectary in English:


nounplural noun nectaries

  • A nectar-secreting glandular organ in a flower (floral) or on a leaf or stem (extrafloral).

    ‘The calyx, the subtending bracts and the two prophylls bear groups of extrafloral nectaries (single peltate trichomes).’
    • ‘So these are called extra floral nectaries and this process really drives what goes on here in this forest.’
    • ‘As the flowers are proterogynous anthesis was considered to comprise the period between bud opening and the abscission of stamens and nectaries.’
    • ‘Saccate nectary at base of floral tube formed by partial fusion of labellum and column.’
    • ‘The floral nectaries are hidden inside a globose corolla, and produce abundant nectar.’
    • ‘Flowers of both sexes lack petals and nectaries.’
    • ‘At the anthesis, a nectary is present at the base of the ovary and trichomes can be observed on the ovary epidermis.’
    • ‘Their leaves have nectaries, which produce nectar consumed by the ants.’
    • ‘The nectary is supplied by a single vascular bundle comprising xylem and phloem.’
    • ‘Oil glands or nectaries are absent; thus, pollen is the only available floral resource for pollinators.’
    • ‘Double flowers occur when the nectaries extend and become flattened, looking like sepals.’
    • ‘Many possess, at the base of the ovary, a disc-like nectary from which nectar is secreted via modified stomata.’
    • ‘A ‘faucet and sink’ arrangement occurs in this species and the nectary is represented by a small protuberance on the ventral surface of the column.’
    • ‘Major morphological differences in the family are found in the type of inflorescences, and the shape and position of the nectary bracts.’



/ˈnektərē/ /ˈnɛktəri/


Mid 18th century from modern Latin nectarium, from nectar (see nectar).