or nec·tar·e·an

[nek-tair-ee-uh s]


Nearby words

  1. necrotizing sialometaplasia,
  2. necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis,
  3. necrotomy,
  4. necrotroph,
  5. nectar,
  6. nectareously,
  7. nectariferous,
  8. nectarine,
  9. nectarivorous,
  10. nectarize

Origin of nectareous

1700–10; < Latin nectareus of, belonging to nectar < Greek nektáreos like nectar, divinely fragrant, equivalent to néktar nectar + -eos adj. suffix; see -eous

Related formsnec·tar·e·ous·ly, adverbnec·tar·e·ous·ness, nounun·nec·tar·e·ous, adjective


[nek-ter-uh s]


of the nature of or resembling nectar.
delicious or sweet.
Also nectareous, nectarean.

Origin of nectarous

First recorded in 1660–70; nectar + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019