laudanum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laudanum narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laudanum Tincture of opium, used for various medical purposes.☞ A fluid ounce of American laudanum should contain the soluble matter of one tenth of an ounce avoirdupois of powdered opium with equal parts of alcohol and water. English laudanum should have ten grains less of opium in the fluid ounce. U. S. Disp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laudanum Same as ladanum.
    • n laudanum Tincture of opium. See opium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Laudanum lawd′a-num a preparation of opium: tincture of opium.
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Quotations

  • Sir Samuel Garth
    Sir Samuel Garth
    “Some fell by laudanum, and some by steel, and death in ambush lay in every pill.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
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    “Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig. the same wort as ladanum, ladbdanum,: cf. F. laudanum, It. laudano, ladano,. See Ladanum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same word as ladanum, transferred to a different drug.

Usage

In literature:

The dose of laudanum is one drop for each year of life.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Last night here I took some laudanum, and it is the only thing that has done me good.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He took a clean bottle and poured thirty-five drops of laudanum into it, put in the stopper, and thrust it into his pocket.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Strong was kept at her side, almost constantly applying hot water, laudanum and various other local applications.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Did all at once drink to excess, alcohol would be viewed with dread, as is laudanum and arsenic.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Probably the action of the laudanum prevented any flow of blood, yet the few drops may have relieved the brain.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
When the poison has been taken in the form of laudanum, this may be recognised by its odour.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Of course I don't know what she has done to him, and whether it's anything surgical or laudanum.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
ANTIDOTE to opium or laudanum.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Nobody is happy under laudanum except for a very short term of years.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

Your lines, my Friend, on Chloe's eyes,
Nor raise my wonder, or surprize,
Since every tender breast she fills
With pains, that baffle all your pills.
Here Laudanum, here Amber fails,
No quantum sufficit prevails.
"The Gentleman's Answer" by Samuel Bowden