[ ni-pen-theez ]
/ nɪˈpɛn θiz /

noun, plural ne·pen·thes.

any of various tropical Asian and Australian pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes, having leaves usually in the form of cylindrical tubes.

Origin of nepenthes

From New Latin; see origin at nepenthe

Definition for nepenthes (2 of 2)


[ 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.

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

Related forms

ne·pen·the·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nepenthes


/ (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

nepenthean, 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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