noun, plural nec·ta·ries.

Botany. an organ or part that secretes nectar.
Entomology. a cornicle (formerly thought to secrete honeydew).

Nearby words

  1. nectariferous,
  2. nectarine,
  3. nectarivorous,
  4. nectarize,
  5. nectarous,
  6. nectopod,
  7. ned,
  8. nedc,
  9. nedda,
  10. neddy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nectary


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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