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Nepenthe

Nepenthe : ne·pen·the
Pronunciation: n&-'pen(t)-thE
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin nepenthes, from Greek nEpenthes, neuter of nEpenthEs banishing pain and sorrow, fromnE- not + penthos grief, sorrow; akin to Greek pathos suffering -- more at NO, PATHOS
Date: 1580
1 : a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow
2 : something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering
3 : A synonym for liquid Opium used in the 19th century, for example, in Poe's "The Raven"
4: A genus (Nepenthes) of carnivorous tropical pitcher plants


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