Hypertext Webster Gateway: "receptacle"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Receptacle \Re*cep"ta*cle\, n. [F. r['e]ceptacle, L.
receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to
receive. See {Receive}.]
1. That which serves, or is used, fro receiving and
containing something, as a basket, a vase, a bag, a
reservoir; a repository.

O sacred receptacle of my joys! --Shak.

2. (Bot.)
(a) The apex of the flower stalk, from which the organs of
the flower grow, or into which they are inserted. See
Illust. of {Flower}, and {Ovary}.
(b) The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common
support to a head of flowers.
(c) An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or
other matters.
(d) A special branch which bears the fructification in
many cryptogamous plants.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a container that is used to put or keep things in
2: enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts
3: an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a
source of power and equipped to receive an insert

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