Opium definition

ōpē-əm
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.
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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.
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Anything that has a tranquilizing or stupefying effect.
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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.
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Something that numbs or stupefies.
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A highly addictive, yellowish-brown drug obtained from the pods of a variety of poppy, from which other drugs, such as morphine, are prepared.
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Something that numbs or stupefies.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
opium
Plural:
-opia, opiums

Origin of opium

  • Middle English from Latin from Greek opion diminutive of opos vegetable juice

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