See also: réceptacle



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Borrowing from Old French receptacle, from Latin receptāculum(reservoir, receptacle), from receptō(I receive back or again, recover), frequentative of recipiō(I receive; hold back, reserve), from re-(back, again) + capiō(I hold).


receptacle ‎(plural receptacles)

  1. A container.
  2. (botany) The part of the flower stalk (peduncle or pedicel) to which the floral parts are attached; also torus.
    1. In the Asteraceae, the end of the peduncle to which all of the florets of the flower head are attached.
  3. (electricity, US) A contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of an attachment plug and flexible cord to supply portable equipment or appliances.



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