som·​nif·​er·​ous säm-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce somniferous (audio)

Examples of somniferous in a Sentence

a somniferous enumeration of details that I could have done without
Recent Examples on the Web Everyone was back in the Dolby Theatre, a welcome return after last year’s somniferous experiment from Steven Soderbergh, which was held in Los Angeles’s Union Station. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Latin somnifer somniferous, from somnus + -fer -ferous

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of somniferous was in 1602

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“Somniferous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


som·​nif·​er·​ous säm-ˈnif-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce somniferous (audio)
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