- 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
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.
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 Î»Î¬Î´Î±Î½Î¿Î½ (ladanon). Originally the same word as ladanum, ladbdanum, compare French laudanum, Italian laudano, ladano. See ladanum.