: the residue formed in the bowl of an opium pipe by smoking

Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) yīn-sí, from yīn opium + excrement, filth

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yen-shee was circa 1882

Dictionary Entries Near yen-shee

Cite this Entry

“Yen-shee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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