a drug supposed by the ancient Greeks to cause forgetfulness of sorrow
Origin of nepentheClassical Latin nepenthes ; from Classical Greek nepenth?s, removing sorrow ; from ne-, not (see no) + penthos, sorrow, grief ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kwenth-, to suffer, bear from source Old Irish cessaim, (I) suffer
- A drug mentioned in the Odyssey as a remedy for grief.
- Something that induces forgetfulness of sorrow or eases pain.
Origin of nepentheAlteration of Latin n&emacron;penthes, from Greek n&emacron;penthes (pharmakon), grief-banishing (drug), nepenthe, neuter of n&emacron;penth&emacron;s : n&emacron;-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + penthos, grief; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) A drug that relieves one of emotional pain, grief or sorrow; nepenthes. [from 16th c.]
Back-formation from nepenthes.