from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ladanum.
  • noun Tincture of opium. See opium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Tincture of opium, used for various medical purposes.
  • noun (Bot.) See under Dutchman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tincture of opium, once widely used for various medical purposes and as a recreational drug.
  • verb To add laudanum to (a drink or the like).
  • verb rare To cause (a person) to be high on laudanum.

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  • noun narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin labdanum, labdanum; see labdanum.]

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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.


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  • "To be sure I did, to calm down the pain; and that was what I call laudanum and Mr Briscoe here calls opium."

    Old Gold The Cruise of the "Jason" Brig George Manville Fenn 1870

  • Paracelsus created the narcotic opium, which he called laudanum, for his patients.

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  • 'Is not it shocking to think,' continued she, after she had swallowed it, 'that in laudanum alone I find the means of supporting existence?'

    Belinda 1801

  • Meanwhile, the tansy powder would do Clifford no harm, and the laudanum was a proper treatment for this acute period.

    City of Glory Beverly Swerling 2007

  • Meanwhile, the tansy powder would do Clifford no harm, and the laudanum was a proper treatment for this acute period.

    City of Glory Beverly Swerling 2007

  • Perhaps this wet cloth in the original, is what we now call laudanum; a potion that overspreads the faculties, as the wet cloth did the face of the royal patient; and the translator knew not how to render it.

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006

  • A tin of Blue Pills, so labeled, and a bottle, not labeled, but recognizable, of black draught-laudanum, that is.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes Gabaldon, Diana 2005

  • And one of the things she did to help herself during this period was to take laudanum, which is a kind of opium derivative.

    John Stuart Mill: A Biography 2004

  • As to the tincture of opium (commonly called laudanum) THAT might certainly intoxicate if a man could bear to take enough of it; but why?

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 2003

  • The true gum opium, and laudanum, which is its tincture, are derived from Eastern

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure William Thomas Fernie


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  • Poe's nepenthe and poison hemlock.

    December 15, 2006

  • Laudanum is opium and was once used as a pain reliever before people realized it was addictive. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was taking this when he went into a reverie and wrote "Kubla Kahn", one of the great poems of the late 17th century.

    June 11, 2007

  • Medicating in the sun

    Pinched doses of laudanum

    Longing for the old fecundity of my homeland

    June 12, 2007

  • ...Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona

    For some California grass.

    Get back, get back.

    Get back to where you once belonged...

    June 12, 2007

  • "Paracelsus, born Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493–1541) in Salzburg, Austria, a 16th century Swiss-German alchemist, discovered that the alkaloids in opium are far more soluble in alcohol than water. Having experimented with various opium concoctions, Paracelsus came across a specific tincture of opium that was of considerable use in reducing pain. He called this preparation laudanum, derived from the Latin verb laudare, to praise. Initially, the term 'laudanum' referred to any combination of opium and alcohol. Indeed, Paracelsus' laudanum was strikingly different from the standard laudanum of the 17th century and beyond. His preparation contained opium, crushed pearls, musk, amber, and other substances. One researcher has documented that 'Laudanum, as listed in the London Pharmacoepoeia (1618), was a pill made from opium, saffron, castor, ambergris, musk and nutmeg.'"


    September 13, 2010

  • This was used on Blakeney when his arm was amputated.

    June 16, 2012