noun, plural ne·pen·thes.
Origin of nepenthes
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Examples from the Web for nepenthes
But, in Nepenthes, there is also a distinct secretion which digests 345 the bodies of the drowning insects.
But certain insects have somehow managed to educate their larv to resist the gastric juices of Nepenthes.
Theodore Zwinger, Sprengel, and others have supposed that the nepenthes of Homer was opium.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
I am delighted to hear that you are at work on Nepenthes, and I hope that you will have good luck.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II|Charles Darwin
Another, Nepenthes Edwardsiania, has a narrow pitcher twenty inches long; while the plant itself grows to a length of twenty feet.The Malay Archipelago|Alfred Russell Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for nepenthes
Word Origin for nepenthe
Word Origin and History for nepenthes
1570s, nepenthes, from Greek nepenthes, from ne- "no, not" (see un-) + penthos "pain, grief," from PIE *kwent(h)- "to suffer" (see pathos). A drug of Egypt mentioned in the "Odyssey" as capable of banishing grief or trouble from the mind. The -s is a proper part of the word, but likely was mistaken in English as a plural affix and dropped.