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definition of the word laudanum

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Coined by Paracelsus for a tincture he made containing opium < New Latin < Latin laudere (to praise), or ladanum (a gum resin) < Ancient Greek  (ladanon). Originally the same word as ladanum, ladbdanum, compare French laudanum, Italian laudano, ladano. See ladanum.

Singular
laudanum

Plural
uncountable

laudanum (uncountable)

  1. A tincture of opium, once widely used for various medical purposes and as a recreational drug.


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