vase

Receptacle \Re*cep"ta*cle\ (r[-e]*s[e^]p"t[.a]*k'l), n. [F. r['e]ceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to receive. See {Receive}.] 1. That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as for examople, a {basket}, a {vase}, a {bag}, a {reservoir}; a {repository}. [1913 Webster] O sacred receptacle of my joys! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]