• (British) IPA: /ˈnɛk.tə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈnɛk.təɹ/


  1. (chiefly mythology) The drink of the gods. [from 16th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      They pourd in soveraine balme and Nectar good, / Good both for erthly med'cine and for hevenly food.
  2. (by extension) Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice. [from 16th c.]
  3. (botany) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds. [from 17th c.]
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Nektar
  • Italian: nettare
  • Portuguese: néctar dos deuses
  • Russian: некта́р

nectar (nectars, present participle nectaring; past and past participle nectared)

  1. (intransitive) To feed on nectar.
    • 2010, Robert Michael Pyle, Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year (page 123)
      On the lane below, more orangetips nectared on spring beauties and violets.

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