laudanum

noun
lau·​da·​num | \ ˈlȯd-nəm How to pronounce laudanum (audio) , ˈlȯ-də-nəm\

Definition of laudanum

1 : any of various formerly used preparations of opium
2 : a tincture of opium

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But who wouldn’t take as much laudanum as possible in their circumstances? The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A stunning examination of humanity, race and class," 6 June 2019 There is a wealthy widow named Alma (Molly Parker) who has a laudanum addiction, an upstanding sheriff’s wife (Anna Gunn), and resident outlaws like Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert). Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 The stigma attaching to the Godwins ruined the prospects of Mary’s half-sister Fanny, who took a fatal overdose of laudanum in October 1816. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "The Mother of Frankenstein," 1 June 2018 The grave of Mattie Blaylock, the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp who died from an overdose of laudanum and alcohol, is in the cemetery of Pinal City, a ghost town west of Superior. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Famous graves in Arizona: Big Nose Kate, Cochise and other notables," 27 Apr. 2018 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, "Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past," 30 Oct. 2017 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, "Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past," 30 Oct. 2017 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, "Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past," 30 Oct. 2017 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, "Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of laudanum

circa 1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for laudanum

New Latin

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laudanum

noun
lau·​da·​num | \ ˈlȯd-nəm, -ᵊn-əm How to pronounce laudanum (audio) \

Medical Definition of laudanum

1 : any of various formerly used preparations of opium
2 : a tincture of opium

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