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nepenthes Line breaks: ne¦pen|thes
Pronunciation: /nɪˈpɛnθiːz/

Definition of nepenthes in English:


1 (also nepenthe) [mass noun] literary A drug described in Homer’s Odyssey as banishing grief or trouble from a person’s mind.
Example sentences
  • Alcohol and morphine - nepenthe means numbing the soul, numbing your soul.
  • They have all drunk the supply-side nepenthe - and simply don't care to hear any debate on this subject.
  • Its contents, the nepenthes as administered by Helen to her guests to instill joy, have been consumed.
1.1A drug or potion bringing welcome forgetfulness.
Example sentences
  • Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!
  • More, Freddy frames Lori's father for the murder of Lori's mother (by stabbing, of course), while Lori's father compounds the tension by offering nepenthe, Suspicion-style: ‘At least drink your juice!’
2A plant of a genus that comprises the Old World pitcher plants.
  • Genus Nepenthes and family Nepenthaceae


Via Latin from Greek nēpenthēs 'dispelling pain', from nē- 'not' + penthos 'grief'; sense 2 is from modern Latin.

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