- 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 nectaries
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.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
This would tend to their respective perpetuation, and to the constant lengthening of nectaries and probosces.Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection
Alfred Russel Wallace
The older botanists described these petals as nectaries, with crested claws.Botany for Ladies
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
- 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