From Old French receptacle, from Latin receptāculum (“reservoir, receptacle”), from receptō (“I receive back or again, recover”), frequentative of recipiō (“I receive; hold back, reserve”), from re- (“back, again”) + capiō (“I hold”).
receptacle (plural receptacles)
- A container.
- (botany) The part of the flower stalk (peduncle or pedicel) to which the floral parts are attached; also torus.
- In the Asteraceae, the end of the peduncle to which all of the florets of the flower head are attached.
- (electricity, US) A contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of an attachment plug and flexible cord to supply portable equipment or appliances.
- See also Wikisaurus:container
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