Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A magic potion, mentioned by ancient writers, which was supposed to make persons forget their sorrows and misfortunes.
  • noun A genus of pitcher-plants, comprising 31 species, and constituting the order Nepenthaceœ, found especially in the Malay archipelago.

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

  • noun Same as nepenthe.
  • noun (Bot.) A genus of climbing plants found in tropical areas of India, Malaya, Australia, etc., which have the leaves prolonged into a kind of stout tendril terminating in a pitcherlike appendage, whence the plants are often called pitcher plants and monkey-cups. There are about thirty species, of which the best known is Nepenthes distillatoria. See Pitcher plant.

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

  • noun A drug referred to in Homer's Odyssey as bringing relief from anxiety or grief; hence, any substance seen as bringing welcome forgetfulness or relief.
  • noun A Southeast Asian plant of the genus Nepenthes.
  • noun Plural form of nepenthe.

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

  • noun pitcher plants

Etymologies

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From Latin nēpenthes, from Ancient Greek νηπενθές ("sorrow-banishing") (neuter), from νη- ("not") + πένθος ("grief").

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