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[nek-tuh-ree] /ˈnɛk tə ri/
noun, plural nectaries.
Botany. an organ or part that secretes nectar.
Entomology. a cornicle (formerly thought to secrete honeydew).
Origin of nectary
1590-1600; < New Latin nectarium. See nectar, -y3
Related forms
nectaried, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nectary
  • Determine the effect of extrafloral nectary resources on natural enemy abundance and biological control on apple trees.
  • The length of the uncoiled tube closely matches the depth of the floral tube from the corolla and the nectary.
  • Near the ovary base, a tiny fly sips nectar from a greenish nectary.
  • The oblong nectary on the upper petal surface is not depressed and is densely simple-hairy.
  • The flowers contain ten stamens, three styles, and a two-lobed nectary.
British Dictionary definitions for nectary


noun (pl) -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 Forms
nectarial (nɛkˈtɛərɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar
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