noun, plural nec·ta·ries.

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 formsnec·ta·ried, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nectaries

Historical Examples of nectaries

  • The two nectaries are underneath and at the base of the cowl-shaped upper sepal which gives the plant its name.

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for nectaries


noun plural -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 Formsnectarial (nɛkˈtɛərɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for nectary

C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar
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