laudanum


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laudanum

(lôd`ənəm), tincture, or alcoholic solution, of opiumopium,
substance derived by collecting and drying the milky juice in the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. Opium varies in color from yellow to dark brown and has a characteristic odor and a bitter taste.
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, first compounded by Paracelsus in the 16th cent. Not then known to be addictive, the preparation was widely used up through the 19th cent. to treat a variety of disorders. Many literary and artistic figures, including Coleridge, Poe, Moussorgsky, and De Quincey, are known to have been addicted.

laudanum

1. a tincture of opium
2. (formerly) any medicine of which opium was the main ingredient
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I am, at this moment, exerting my intelligence (such as it is) in your service, under the influence of a dose of laudanum, some ten times larger than the dose Mr.
She went straight to the place where the laudanum was hidden, and took it out.
The colourful Gorsedd of Bards and its ceremonies which look strange to the uninitiated, was the product of an equally colourful imagination - that of poet, antiquarian, literary forger and laudanum taker, Iolo Morganwg (1747 - 1826).
The campaign descriptions are typically vivid - from the candidates' kissing of babies' heads to the incarceration of opposition supporters incapacitated through alcohol or laudanum.
But if I stuffed myself with too many healthy lettuces I'd probably die (if I didn't explode first) of laudanum poisoning ( a tincture of opium and a recreational drug popular with housewives in the 19th Century ( found in the stem of lettuces.
. THINK the Romantics were all about the sex, arts and laudanum? Yes, you might be right.
On November 15 he sent a friend to the chemist to buy laudanum which he said was to make a cough mixture.
His coats and shirts were so threadbare that Mme Aupick (married to Baudelaire's totally impatient step-father who happened to be a top brass general) insisted on buying new clothes for her son who was brought to the lowest ebb of existence by a combination of laudanum abuse and poverty.
And holding up an old bottle of laudanum, the opium-based narcotic, he laughed: "There's still some in it.
Felly os oes na Roos allan yna heddiw efallai dylid comisiynu portreadau o TwmMorus, Mei Mac ac Iwan Llwyd, eu gyrru i Geneva am fis neu ddau a'u llwytho gyda gwin coch, digon o ryw a laudanum, cyffyr y beirdd, a gweld beth sydd yn cael ei greu wedyn.
'It resembles the gin-swilling, laudanum extravagance of a Hogarth painting,' said Mr Sartori, who owns the Rocket Club.
But Alethea Hayter was more interested in how laudanum (a painkiller developed from opium) had influenced the work of the Romantic poets such as Coleridge, Keats and de Quincey.