from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bitter, yellowish-brown, strongly addictive narcotic drug prepared from the dried juice of unripe pods of the opium poppy and containing alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
- n. Something that numbs or stupefies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A yellow-brown, addictive narcotic drug obtained from the dried juice of unripe pods of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, and containing alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
- n. Anything that numbs or stupefies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The inspissated juice of the Papaver somniferum, or white poppy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The inspissated juice of Papaver somniferum, a poppy cultivated from early antiquity for the sake of this product. See poppy and Papaver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an addictive narcotic extracted from seed capsules of the opium poppy
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek opion, diminutive of opos, vegetable juice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin opium and Ancient Greek ὄπιον (opion), from ὀπός (opos, "juice of a plant"). (Wiktionary)