- Botany. an organ or part that secretes nectar.
- Entomology. a cornicle (formerly thought to secrete honeydew).
Origin of nectary
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Examples from the Web for nectary
Its nectary tube is five inches in length, and as slender as a knitting-needle.
Angræcum, orchid of Madagascar, with nectary eleven inches long, 219.
Stamens 5, inserted on the nectary, and alternating with the lobes of the latter.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Where in relation to the nectary are the stigma and the anthers?
Her own food has been honey drawn from the nectary of a flower.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)
- 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
C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar
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