Something that holds things, especially for transport or storage.
ETYM French réceptacle, Latin receptaculum, from receptare, v. intens. from recipere to receive. Related to Receive.
1. A container that is used to put or keep things in.
2. An electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert.
3. Enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts.
The enlarged end of a flower stalk to which the floral parts are attached. Normally the receptacle is rounded, but in some plants it is flattened or cup-shaped. The term is also used for the region on that part of some seaweeds which becomes swollen at certain times of the year and bears the reproductive organs.
ETYM as. scealy, scalu. Related to Scalme, Shell.
A sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay.
Laminated rock of consolidated clay or mud.
Fine-grained and finely layered sedimentary rock composed of silt and clay. It is a weak rock, splitting easily along bedding planes to form thin, even slabs (by contrast, mudstone splits into irregular flakes). Oil shale contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material that yields petroleum when heated.