Definition of nectary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnektərē/ /ˈnɛktəri/


  • 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.’


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