Ne*pen"thes(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. . See Nepenthe.] 1. Same as Nepenthe. Milton.
(Bot.) A genus of climbing plants found in tropical areas of India, Malaya, Australia, 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.
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