Laudanum meaning

lôdn-əm
A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.
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A solution of opium in alcohol.
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To add laudanum to (a drink or the like).
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A tincture of opium, once widely used for various medical purposes and as a recreational drug.
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(rare) To cause (a person) to be high on laudanum.
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A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.
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Origin of laudanum

  • New Latin perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin labdanum labdanum labdanum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary