Nepenthes

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nepenthes

1. Same as Nepenthe.

2. (Science: botany) A genus of climbing plants found in india, Malaya, etc, which have the leaves prolonged into a kind of stout tendril terminating in a pitcherlike appendage, whence the plants are often called pitcher plants and monkey-cups. There are about thirty species, of which the best known is Nepenthes distillatoria. See Pitcher plant.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. See Nepenthe.