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It is believed that the two terms were not originally distinguished—though in Homer's poems and later works, nectar is the drink and ambrosia the food. On the other hand, in Alcman nectar is the food, and in Sappho and Anaxandrides ambrosia the drink. Each is used in Homer as an unguent (Iliad, xiv. 170; xix. 38). Both are fragrant, and maybe used as perfume. According to W. H. Röscher (Nektar und Ambrosia, 1883; see also his article in Röscher's Lexikon der Mythologie) nectar and ambrosia were originally only different forms of the same substance - honey, regarded as a dew, like manna, fallen from heaven, which was used both as food and drink. See also Ichor, mead. Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... In ancient mythology, Ambrosia (Greek ) is sometimes the food, sometimes the drink, of the gods. ... Bust of Homer in the British Museum For other uses, see Homer (disambiguation). ... Alcman or Alcmaeon (the former being the Doric form of the name), the founder of Doric lyric poetry, to whom was assigned the first place among the nine lyric poets of Greece in the Alexandrian canon, flourished in the latter half of the 7th century BC. He was a Lydian... Ancient Greek bust of Sappho the Eresian. ... An unguent is a soothing preparation spread on sores, burns, irritations, or other topical injuries; an ointment. ... The Iliad (Greek Ιλιάς, Ilias) tells part of the story of the siege of the city of Ilium, i. ... Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a lasting and pleasant smell. ... Honey honey comb A capped frame of honeycomb Honey is a sweet and viscous fluid produced by bees and other insects from the nectar of flowers. ... Manna (sometimes or archaically spelled mana) is the name of the food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus. ... In Greek mythology, ichor (Greek ἰχώρ) was a mineral present in the blood of the gods that kept them immortal. ... Mead Wikibooks Cookbook has more about this subject: Mead Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast. ...

Nectar is also mentioned in Hindu mythology, specifically in the Upanishadas and the Puranas. A Hindu is an adherent of Hinduism, the predominant religious, philosophical and cultural system of Bharat (India). ... The Puranas (Sanskrit purāṇá ancient, since they focus on ancient history of the universe) are part of Hindu Smriti; these religious scriptures discuss varied topics like devotion to God in his various aspects, traditional sciences like Ayurveda, Jyotish, cosmology, concepts like dharma, karma, reincarnation and many others. ...

  • In botany, nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by the flowers of plants in order to attract pollinating animals. Nectar from flowering trees and plants is the principal raw ingredient of honey. The nectary is the gland that secretes nectar. It is usually located at the base of the flower, forcing pollinators to brush against the flower's reproductive structures to reach it. It is not a modified stamen.

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Nectar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
Nectar source — in botany, the sugar-rich liquid produced by the flowers of plants in order to attract pollinating animals.
Nectar that is produced outside the flower is generally produced to attract predatory insects.
Nectar is also mentioned in Hindu mythology, specifically in the Upanishads and the Puranas.
Are nectar robbers cheaters or mutualists (6311 words)
Nectar robbers are birds, insects, or other flower visitors that remove nectar from flowers through a hole pierced or bitten in the corolla.
The effects of nectar robbers are complex and depend, in part, on the identity of the robber, the identity of the legitimate pollinator, how much nectar the robbers remove, and the variety of floral resources available in the environment.
Nectar from a particular flower may contain an essential amino acid and, for that reason alone, a pollinator may remain constant despite the presence of nectar robbers and low nectar volumes.
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