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[nek-tuh-ree] /ˈnɛk tə ri/
noun, plural nectaries.
Botany. an organ or part that secretes nectar.
Entomology. a cornicle (formerly thought to secrete honeydew).
Origin of nectary
From the New Latin word nectarium, dating back to 1590-1600. See nectar, -y3
Related forms
nectaried, adjective Unabridged
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  • The two nectaries are underneath and at the base of the cowl-shaped upper sepal which gives the plant its name.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • The Hunting Wasp takes her fill of honey drawn from the nectaries of the flowers, but feeds her little ones on game.

  • This would tend to their respective perpetuation, and to the constant lengthening of nectaries and probosces.

  • The older botanists described these petals as nectaries, with crested claws.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Bees whether solitary or social enter flowers for the sake of the honey in their nectaries and the pollen on their anthers.

    Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants Edward Saunders
  • Honey is obtained by bees from the nectaries of flowers, which, it is well known, are constantly secreting a sweet thick fluid.

    The Book of Sports: William Martin
  • nectaries 5, united throughout their length with the receptacle, their bases curved like the sides of the fleur de lis.

  • Above the nectaries is a 5-angled crown, the extremity of the receptacle; in each angle a black anther.

  • Its nectaries are stored with sweets, and I fancy each opening bud keenly alert with conscious solicitude for its affinity.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • These serve as nectaries, s, the whorl of stamens inserted on the thalamus and surrounding the pistil.

British Dictionary definitions for nectaries


noun (pl) -ries
any of various glandular structures secreting nectar that occur in the flowers, leaves, stipules, etc, of a plant
any of the abdominal tubes in aphids through which honeydew is secreted
Derived Forms
nectarial (nɛkˈtɛərɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar
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