receptacle

[ri-sep-tuh-kuhl]
noun
1.
a container, device, etc., that receives or holds something: a receptacle for trash.
2.
Botany. 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.
Electricity. 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.

Origin:
1375–1425; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin receptāculum reservoir, equivalent to receptā(re) to take again, receive back (frequentative of recipere to receive) + -culum -cle2

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receptacle (rɪˈsɛptəkəl)
 
n
1.  an object that holds something; container
2.  botany
 a.  the enlarged or modified tip of the flower stalk that bears the parts of the flower
 b.  the shortened flattened stem bearing the florets of the capitulum of composite flowers such as the daisy
 c.  the part of lower plants that bears the reproductive organs or spores
 
[C15: from Latin receptāculum a store-place, from receptāre to receive again, from recipere to receive]

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receptacle
1412, from O.Fr. receptacle (14c.), from L. receptaculum "place to receive and store things," from receptare, frequentative of recipere "to hold, contain" (see receive).
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receptacle   (rĭ-sěp'tə-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
The enlarged upper end of a flower stalk that bears the flower or group of flowers. The fleshy edible part of an apple is actually a modified receptacle. See more at flower.
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Example sentences
Fashion the receptacle with a bottom that attaches onto the garbage disposal of a sink.
Remove the cover plate and the screws fastening the receptacle to the outlet
  box inside the wall.
Rinse bottles and remove the labels before placing them in your recycling
  receptacle.
Now disable the receptacle sensor so the machine still functions.
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