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Nectarivore

Noun An animal which eats the sugar-rich nectar produced by flowering plants. Most nectarivores are insects or birds, but there are also nectarivorous mammals, notably several species of bats in the Southwestern United States and Mexico, as well as the Australian Honey Possum (T. rostratus), and Geckos (genus Phesulma) in Mauritius. The term is less exclusive than other -vores; many animals that are considered nectarivorous may also be insectivorous. Many species are nectar robbers, performing no pollination services to a plant while still consuming nectar. (wikipedia.org) Word origin: From from Latin nectar, from Greek nektar, name of the drink of the gods, which is said to be a compound of nek– “death” + from Latin vorare, “to...

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Nekton

/ˈnektən/  /-tän/ Noun 1. Refers to the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water (usually oceans or lakes) able to move independently of water currents. (wikipedia.org) 2. A generic term for organisms in the ocean that are capable of swimming independently of currents. (wiktionary.org) 3. Free-swimming aquatic animals essentially independent of wave and current action. (merriam-webster.com) 4. The aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) 5. The assemblage of pelagic animals that swim freely, independent of water motion or wind....

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Nematocyst

/ˈnemətəˌsist/  /niˈmatə-/ Noun, pl. nematocysts 1. (Biology) A capsule, in certain cnidarians, containing a barbed, threadlike tube that delivers a paralyzing sting. (wiktionary.org) 2. One of the minute stinging organelles of various coelenterates. (biology-online.org) 3. A specialized cell in the tentacles of a jellyfish or other coelenterate, containing a barbed or venomous coiled thread that can be projected in self-defense or to capture prey. (Google Dictionary) Syn: Stinging cell. Word origin: From nemato-, comb. form of Greek nema, nematos “thread” (genitive nematos), from stem of nein “to...

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Neo-

Prefix 1. New. (wiktionary.org) 2. (Organic chemistry) Having a structure, similar to that of neopentane, in which each hydrogen atom of a methyl group has been replaced by an alkyl group. (wiktionary.org) 3. A new or revived form of. (Google Dictionary) Prefix origin: From Greek neo-, comb. form of neos “new, young, youthful; fresh, strange; lately, just...

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