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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /nɪˈpɛnθɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /nəˈpɛnθi/
- Hyphenation: ne‧pen‧the
nepenthe (plural nepenthes)
- (archaic) Alternative form of . [from 16th c.]
1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. Disposed into Twelue Books, Fashioning XII. Morall Vertues, part II [books IV–VI], London: Printed [by Richard Field] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 932900760, book IV, canto III, stanzas XLII and XLIII, page 49:
- And in her other hand a cup ſhe hild, / The which was with Nepenthe to the brim vpfild. // Nepenthe is a drinck of ſouerayne grace, / Deuized by the Gods, for to aſſwage / Harts grief, and bitter gall away to chace, / VVhich ſtirs vp anguiſh and contentious rage: / In ſtead thereof ſweet peace and quiet age / It doth eſtablish in the troubled mynd.
- 1845 January 29, Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”, in The Evening Mirror, New York, N.Y.: Morris & Willis, OCLC 9548095, page 4, column 1; reprinted in Benjamin Blake Minor, editor, The Southern Literary Messenger: Devoted to Every Department of Literature and the Fine Arts, volume XI, Richmond, Va.: B. B. Minor, editor and proprietor, March 1845, OCLC 504255025, page 187:
- "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee / Respite—respite and Nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore. Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"