WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lau•da•num /ˈlɔdənəm/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Drugsa drug made from opium.
(lôd′n əm, lôd′nəm),USA pronunciation n.
- a tincture of opium.
- [Obs.]any preparation in which opium is the chief ingredient.
- 1595–1605; origin, originally Medieval Latin variant of ladanum; arbitrarily used by Paracelsus to name a remedy based on opium
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laudanum /ˈlɔːdənəm/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: New Latin, name chosen by Paracelsus for a preparation probably containing opium, perhaps based on labdanum
- a tincture of opium
- (formerly) any medicine of which opium was the main ingredient
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