from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A nectar-secreting structure located either within a flower or on a leaf or other part of a plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a part of a flower that contains or secretes a saccharine fluid.
  • noun In entomology, one of two little tubular organs on the abdomen of an aphis or plant-louse, from which a sweet fluid like honey is exuded. Also called honey-tube, siphuncle, or cornicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) That part of a blossom which secretes nectar, usually the base of the corolla or petals; also, the spur of such flowers as the larkspur and columbine, whether nectariferous or not. See the Illustration of nasturtium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A gland that secretes nectar

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectar


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin nectārium, from nectar.]



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