nectar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nectar (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
    • n nectar fruit juice especially when undiluted
    • n nectar a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bees can communicate with other bees by dancing. Their dance can alert other bees as to which direction and the distance nectar and pollen is located
    • Nectar (Bot) A sweetish secretion of blossoms from which bees make honey.
    • Nectar (Myth. & Poetic) The drink of the gods (as ambrosia was their food); hence, any delicious or inspiring beverage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female mosquitos will obtain blood from humans and animals, but only to nourish their eggs. Their food actually consists of nectar and other plant juices.
    • n nectar In classical mythology, the drink or wine of the Olympian gods, poured out for them by Hebe and Ganymede, the cupbearers of Zeus. It was reputed to possess wondrous life-giving properties, to impart a divine bloom, beauty, and vigor to him so fortunate as to obtain it, and to preserve all that it touched from decay and corruption. See ambrosia.
    • n nectar Hence, any delicious and salubrious drink. Specifically— A drink compounded of wine, honey, and spices. Also called piment.
    • n nectar In botany, the honey of a flower; the superfluous saccharine matter remaining after the stamens and pistils have consumed all that they require.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar.
    • n Nectar nek′tar the name given by Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, &c. to the beverage of the gods, giving life and beauty: a delicious beverage: the honey of the glands of plants
    • n Nectar a variety of peach with a smooth fruit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.

Usage

In literature:

With that they took the first swallow of the nectar that Lub had brewed.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
The beetle returned and sullenly flung down some nectar.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
She drank from the bottle, perhaps three ordinary swallows of the liquid, like nectar to her palate.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Each morsel was delicious; each draught was nectar.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
This is the sucking tube used in drawing up nectar from deep tubular blossoms.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
This was warm and sweet and strange, like the nectar of flowers she had held to her lips.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I share the good with every flower, I drink the nectar of the hour.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
They drink it as the nectar of the great; And squeeze my hand, and beg me come to-morrow.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Her table cover'd, and with rosy juice Nectareous charged the cup.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Then Love took wing, and from his pinions shed On all the multitude a nectarous dew.
"Endymion" by John Keats
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In poetry:

For this she woke the nectar'd sigh
That lives upon thy glowing lips,
In whose voluptuous, rich supply
The God of Joy his pinion dips ?
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple
The gods their days forever spend
In banquets bright that have no end,
In one voluptuous morning-dream,
And quaff the nectar's golden stream.
"The Triumph Of Love" by Friedrich von Schiller
But let me clasp that form once more,
That form of grace the fair abode,
And let that voice its nectar pour,
Sweeter than e'er from zephyr flow'd.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
For you once a nymph had her charms,
And Oh! when the waltz you were wreathing,
All Olympus embraced in your arms—
All its nectar in Julia's breathing.
"To A Moralist" by Friedrich von Schiller
Looks are its food, its nectar sighs,
Its couch the lips, its throne the eyes,
The soul its breath, and so possest,
Heaven's raptures reign in mortal breast.
"Friendship" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Oh ! nectar'd lip ! that once was mine,
Sweet form that haunts my fev'rish slumbers ;
Dear face that mem'ry owns divine,
E'en all the charms my fancy numbers !
"The Sailor-----Song" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

The Spa Miami signature agave- nectar oil.
Nectar from above Rainwater harvesting captures a precious resource — water — for use in the garden.
IZotope is now shipping Nectar , a complete vocal processing toolkit announced earlier this month at the AES show in San Francisco.
Nectar includes everything users need to quickly find the vocal sound they are looking for.
IZotope is offering an introductory price of $199 on Nectar purchases through Dec 13.
Adding to the award-winning iZotope line of plug-ins, Nectar includes everything users need to quickly find the vocal sound they are looking for.
Nectar 's to Host Wintertide Coffeehouse Reunion Show.
From the Troeg's Craft Brewery in Harrisburg, Pa. Comes this intensely hoppy and somewhat strong seasonal: Nugget Nectar .
This nectar bat is one of many to visit Mel and Deirdre's backyard in Arizona.
My husband recently purchased agave nectar because he heard that it is better for us than white sugar.
Holds 10 ounces of nectar.
A chilled rose nectar layered with ice wine.
¼ cup honey or agave nectar.
During the peak migration, there can be between 20-30 butterflies feasting on the nectar.
The Swayback reflects on a decade of going for the musical nectar.
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In science:

The random motion of a butterfly which when flying over a tree looking for nectar in flowers will consist of hovering over bunch of flowers and a less frequent long flights of a typical.
Correlated Gaussian random walk models of animal dispersal
Other tracks, such as a demo track, an industrial track, or Nectar track, are under consideration.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
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