from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sweet liquid secreted by flowers of various plants, consumed by pollinators, such as hummingbirds and insects, and gathered by bees for making honey.
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology The drink of the gods.
- n. A delicious or invigorating drink.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The drink of the gods (as ambrosia was their food); hence, any delicious or inspiring beverage.
- n. A sweetish secretion of blossoms from which bees make honey.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, the drink or wine of the Olympian gods, poured out for them by Hebe and Ganymede, the cupbearers of Zeus.
- n. Hence, any delicious and salubrious drink.
- n. In botany, the honey of a flower; the superfluous saccharine matter remaining after the stamens and pistils have consumed all that they require.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fruit juice especially when undiluted
- n. (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
- n. a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
Latin, from Greek nektar, drink of the gods; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nectar, from Ancient Greek νέκταρ (nektar, "nourishment of the gods"), from νέκ ("death") (see necro-) + ταρ ("overcoming"), from Proto-Indo-European *tere (“to overcome, pass through, cross over”). (Wiktionary)