nepenthes

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From Latin nēpenthes, from Ancient Greek νηπενθής (nēpenthēs, sorrow-banishing) (neuter), from νη- (nē-, not) + πένθος (penthos, grief).

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nepenthes (uncountable)

  1. A drug referred to in Homer's Odyssey as bringing relief from anxiety or grief; hence, any substance seen as bringing welcome forgetfulness or relief.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.4:
      For [...] 'tis the best nepenthes, surest cordial, sweetest alterative, presentest diverter [...].
  2. A Southeast Asian plant of the genus Nepenthes.
  3. plural form of nepenthe