[ ni-pen-thee ]
/ nɪˈpɛn θi /
a drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, especially of sorrow or trouble.
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Origin of nepenthe
1590–1600; < Latin nēpenthes < Greek nēpenthés herb for soothing, noun use of neuter of nēpenthḗs sorrowless, equivalent to nē- not + pénth(os) sorrow + -ēs adj. suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM nepenthene·pen·the·an, adjective
Words nearby nepenthe
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British Dictionary definitions for nepenthean
/ (nɪˈpɛnθɪ) /
a drug, or the plant providing it, that ancient writers referred to as a means of forgetting grief or trouble
anything that produces sleep, forgetfulness, or pleasurable dreaminess
Derived forms of nepenthenepenthean, adjective
Word Origin for nepenthe
C16: via Latin from Greek nēpenthes sedative made from a herb, from nē- not + penthos grief
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