nepenthes definition

  • noun:
    • A drug regarded in Homer's Odyssey as taking relief from anxiety or grief; therefore, any compound regarded as taking welcome forgetfulness or relief.
    • A Southeast Asian plant of the genus Nepenthes.
    • Plural form of nepenthe.
    • just like nepenthe.
    • A genus of climbing flowers present in exotic regions of India, Malaya, Australian Continent, etc., that have the leaves prolonged into some sort of stout tendril terminating in a pitcherlike appendage, whence the flowers in many cases are called pitcher plants and monkey-cups. You will find about thirty types, that top known is Nepenthes distillatoria. See pitcher-plant.
    • A magic potion, discussed by ancient authors, which was expected to make persons forget their sorrows and misfortunes.
    • A genus of pitcher-plants, comprising 31 types, and constituting the order Nepenthace┼ô, discovered particularly in the Malay archipelago.
    • pitcher flowers

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