from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bitter crystalline alkaloid, C23H27NO8, obtained from opium and formerly used in medicine as a substitute for morphine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An alkaloid contained in opium, occurring as fine white, silky crystals, slightly soluble in water, used as a substitute for morphine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alkaloid found in small quantities in opium, and extracted as a white crystalline substance of a bitter astringent taste. It is a narcotic. Called also narceia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alkaloid (C23H29NO9) contained in opium.
- n. An acid coal-tar color of the monoazo type, prepared by combining diazotized sulphanilic acid with β-naph-thol and then treating the product with sodium bisulphite. It dyes wool orange in an acid bath, but is chiefly used in textile-printing.
French narcéine : Greek narkē, numbness + French -ine, alkaloid; see -ine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)