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NEPENTHES (Gr. vn7reAs, sc. clapµaKov, a drug that takes away grief, from v7 7 - privative, and 7rE)Oos, " grief"), an Egyptian drug spoken of by Homer in the Odyssey (iv. 221). Generally in the form "nepenthe" the name is given to any drug having a like property, and also occasionally to the herb or plant from which such a drug is produced. It is also applied to a special genus of plants, chiefly East Indian, known as the "pitcher-plants," on account of the formation of the leaves.

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