from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.
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- n. A tincture of opium, once widely used for various medical purposes and as a recreational drug.
- v. To add laudanum to (a drink or the like).
- v. To cause (a person) to be high on laudanum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Tincture of opium, used for various medical purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as ladanum.
- n. Tincture of opium. See opium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
New Latin, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin labdanum, labdanum; see labdanum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Paracelsus for a tincture he made containing opium, from New Latin, from Latin laudare ("to praise"), or ladanum ("a gum resin"), from Ancient Greek λάδανον (ladanon). Originally the same word as ladanum, ladbdanum, compare French laudanum, Italian laudano, ladano. See ladanum. (Wiktionary)