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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

Etymologies

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)

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