from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drug mentioned in the Odyssey as a remedy for grief.
- n. Something that induces forgetfulness of sorrow or eases pain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A drug used by the ancients to give relief from pain and sorrow; -- by some supposed to have been opium or hasheesh. Hence, anything soothing and comforting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as nepenthes. 1.
Alteration of Latin nēpenthes, from Greek nēpenthes (pharmakon), grief-banishing (drug), nepenthe, neuter of nēpenthēs : nē-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + penthos, grief; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from nepenthes. (Wiktionary)