nectar


nectar
nectarlike, adj.
/nek"teuhr/, n.
1. the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower.
2. the juice of a fruit, esp. when not diluted, or a blend of fruit juices: pear nectar; tropical nectar.
3. Class. Myth. the life-giving drink of the gods. Cf. ambrosia (def. 1).
4. any delicious drink.
[1545-55; < L < Gk néktar]

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▪ plant physiology
      sweet, viscous secretion from the nectaries, or glands, in plant blossoms, stems, and leaves. It attracts fruit-eating bats, hummingbirds, and insects, who aid in effecting pollination by transferring from plant to plant the pollen that clings to their bodies. Nectar is the raw material used by the honeybee to produce honey. Mainly a watery solution of the sugars fructose, glucose, and sucrose, it also contains traces of proteins, salts, acids, and essential oils. Sugar content varies from 3 to 80 percent, depending upon such factors as flower species and soil and air conditions. Honeybees gather nectar mainly from the blossoms and rarely gather nectars having less than 15 percent sugar content.

      In Greek mythology, nectar is the drink of the gods.

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