Meaning of nepenthe

ne•pen•the

Pronunciation: (ni-pen'thē), [key]
— n.
  1. a drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
  2. anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble.
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