Nectar, in its most common modern use, refers to the sugar-rich liquid produced by the flowers of plants in order to attract pollinating animals.
Nectar was originally a name of the food or drink of the gods in Greek mythology; see ambrosia.
It may also refer to:
- Nectar (drink), a fruit juice beverage
- Nectar, Alabama, a town in central Alabama
- Nectar Covered Bridge, a former covered bridge in Alabama
- Nectar loyalty card, a loyalty card issued by a partnership of United Kingdom retailers
- Nectar, a fictional performance-enhancing drug in Free Radical Design's PS3 game, HAZE
Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants in glands called nectaries, either within the flowers with which it attracts pollinating animals, or by extrafloral nectaries, which provide a nutrient source to animal mutualists, which in turn provide antiherbivore protection. Common nectar-consuming pollinators include bees, butterflies and moths, hummingbirds, and bats. Nectar plays an important role in the foraging economics and overall evolution of nectar-eating species; for example, nectar and its properties are responsible for the differential evolution of the African honey bee, A. m. scutellata and the western honey bee.
Nectar is an ecologically important item, the sugar source for honey. It is also useful in agriculture and horticulture because the adult stages of some predatory insects feed on nectar. For example, the social wasp species Apoica flavissima relies on nectar as a primary food source. In turn, these wasps then hunt agricultural pest insects as food for their young. For example, thread-waisted wasps ( genus Ammophila) are known for hunting caterpillars that are destructive to crops.
Nectar secretion increases as the flower is visited by pollinators. After pollination, the nectar is frequently reabsorbed into the plant.
Néctar, released on June 15, 1999, is the eleventh album of rock en español group Enanitos Verdes. It was produced by Coti Sorokin, and was recorded and mixed entirely in Buenos Aires between the months of January and March 1999. It was nominated for the Grammy in the "Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album" category.
The album, which includes ten songs, is a blend of different musical styles such as rock and ballads, as well as regional rhythms.
Nectars are a type of non-carbonated soft drink made by muddling the flesh of fruits.
In some countries, the beverage industry distinguishes nectars from drinks labeled as "juice". In the United States and the United Kingdom, the term "fruit juice" is restricted to beverages that are 100% pure juice, whereas a "nectar" may be diluted (to a degree limited by regulations) with water and contain additives besides fruit juice, including natural and artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. In New Zealand, the usage is reversed, with "juice" denoting a sweetened fruit drink, whereas nectar refers to pure fruit.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Nectar, AL -- U.S. town in Alabama
Housing Units (2000): 158
Land area (2000): 1.816359 sq. miles (4.704348 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.013850 sq. miles (0.035872 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.830209 sq. miles (4.740220 sq. km)
FIPS code: 53448
Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
Location: 33.969124 N, 86.636256 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
n. 1 (context chiefly mythology English) The drink of the gods. (from 16th c.) 2 (context by extension English) Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice. (from 16th c.) 3 (context botany English) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds. (from 17th c.)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nectar \Nec"tar\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.]
(Myth. & Poetic) The drink of the gods (as ambrosia was their food); hence, any delicious or inspiring beverage.
(Bot.) A sweetish secretion of blossoms from which bees make honey.
n. a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
fruit juice especially when undiluted
(classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal [syn: ambrosia]
Usage examples of "nectar".
Scarcely had he done so, when the most curious sensation overcame him--a sensation of bewildering ecstasy as though he had drunk of some ambrosian nectar or magic drug which had suddenly wound up his nerves to an acute tension of indescribable delight.
Vivacious, noisy, loving the nectar of flowers and the juices of fruits, Baal Burra was phenomenal in many winsome ways, but in a spirit of rare self denial I refrain from the pleasure of chronicling some of them in order to give place to instance and proof of the reasoning powers of an astonishingly high order.
Indeed, it thrived on the conditions, as if gunpowder and excreta were its nectar.
The maguey was a warrior of the plant world, not only because its tall, slender leaves rose like a bunch of spears, but because of the power of its nectar and the uses of its flesh.
Has grown and grown, and with her mellow shade Has blanched my thornless thoughts to her own hue, And even now is budding into blossom, Which never shall bear fruit, but inward still Resorb its vital nectar, self-contained, And leave no living copies of its beauty To after ages.
After about two hours it was lukewarm, stewy stuff, but in the early hours of the morning it was nectar.
They gripped the firm roundness of her ass, and before she could respond, her dark prince knelt and delved into her dripping box where Tarras had tasted her nectar.
Luciano retrieved one of his precious bottles of Barolo and one each of elderflower champagne and peach nectar.
Taking full advantage of the weather, wild bees were frantically gathering nectar and pollen before winter descended and shut off their supply until spring.
But the, attackers were ignorant about the daily routine of bees- During the nectar flow, bees do not sleep.
Everywhere normallooking bees busily foraged in beds of rife wild flowers, Ignoring the humans as they darted about, sipping the sweet nectar of flowers.
From this perspective, it looked like a honeycomb, fuzzy wigged heads and gauze-winged dresses bobbing to and fro across the six-sided tiles, buzzing busily over glasses filled with the nectar of brandywine and porter.
When she came to Cala to marry Conrig six years earlier, the court ladies had fluttered about her like frivolous butterflies eager to test the nectar of an exotic new flower sprung up in their midst.
If used in excessive quantities, tutin could kill and cases had been reported of early settlers dying accidentally by eating honey collected from bees feeding on the nectar of coriaria flowers.
Aphrodite, while in it may be distinguished the Reason-Principles summed under the names of Plenty and Possession, produced by the downflow of the Nectar of the over realm.