1. A container that holds items or matter.
2. Botany The expanded tip of a flower stalk or axis that bears the floral parts or the florets of the flower head.
3. Electronics A fitting connected to a power supply and equipped to receive a plug.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin receptāculum, from receptāre, to receive again, frequentative of recipere, to receive; see RECEIVE.]
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