nectar

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin nectar, from Ancient Greek νέκταρ(néktar, nourishment of the gods), from νέκ(nék, death) (see necro-) + ταρ(tar, overcoming), from Proto-Indo-European *neḱ-(perish, disappear) + *-tr̥h₂(overcoming), from *terh₂-(to overcome, pass through, cross over).

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Noun[edit]

nectar ‎(plural nectars)

  1. (chiefly mythology) The drink of the gods. [from 16th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      They pourd in soveraine balme and Nectar good, / Good both for erthly med'cine and for hevenly food.
  2. (by extension) Any delicious drink, now especially a type of sweetened fruit juice. [from 16th c.]
  3. (botany) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds. [from 17th c.]

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Verb[edit]

nectar ‎(third-person singular simple present nectars, present participle nectaring, simple past and past participle nectared)

  1. (intransitive) To feed on nectar.
    • 2010, Robert Michael Pyle, Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year (page 123)
      On the lane below, more orangetips nectared on spring beauties and violets.

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Noun[edit]

nectar m ‎(plural nectars)

  1. nectar (all meanings)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek νέκταρ(néktar).

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Noun[edit]

nectar n ‎(genitive nectaris); third declension

  1. nectar

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter “pure” i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nectar nectaria
genitive nectaris nectarium
dative nectarī nectaribus
accusative nectar nectaria
ablative nectarī nectaribus
vocative nectar nectaria

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Verb[edit]

nectar

  1. first-person singular future passive indicative of nectō

References[edit]

  • nectar in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nectar in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nectar in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nectar in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray