- a yellow to dark brown, addicting, narcotic drug prepared from the juice of the unripe seed capsules of the opium poppy: it contains such alkaloids as morphine, codeine, and papaverine, and is used as an intoxicant and medicinally to relieve pain and produce sleep
- anything that has a tranquilizing or stupefying effect
Origin of opiumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek opion ; from opos, vegetable juice ; from Indo-European base an unverified form s(w)ekwos-, plant juice from source Old ProvenÃ§al sackis
- A bitter, yellowish-brown, strongly addictive narcotic drug prepared from the dried latex of unripe pods of the opium poppy and containing alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
- Something that numbs or stupefies.
Origin of opiumMiddle English, from Latin, from Greek opion, diminutive of opos, vegetable juice.