- Archaic any of certain opium preparations
- a solution of opium in alcohol
Origin of laudanumModern Latin altered use (by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus) of Medieval Latin variant, variety of ladanum: see labdanum
A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.
Origin of laudanumNew Latin, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin labdanum, labdanum; see labdanum.
(third-person singular simple present laudanums, present participle laudanuming, simple past and past participle laudanumed)
- To add laudanum to (a drink or the like).
- (rare) To cause (a person) to be high on laudanum.