Pronunciation: (ri-sep'tu-kul), [key]
1. a container, device, etc., that receives or holds something: a receptacle for trash.
2. Bot.the modified or expanded portion of the stem or axis that bears the organs of a single flower or the florets of a flower head.
3. Elect.a contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of a portable lamp, appliance, or other electric device by means of a plug and flexible cord.
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