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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Although this is a book of larger ideas and reverberating themes, it is also a delight in its thousand details - the supplies of ships (plum puddings, brandy, heaps of hand-knitted socks, hundreds of pounds of pemmican, knives and needles to barter with the Esquimaux), the hospitality of the Esquimaux women, who reach out with tattooed hands to offer musk-ox horn tea and boiled caribou, the medical treatments for maladies of the day (tartar emetic, mercurous chloride, syrup of squill, tincture of opium).
- as if in sympathy with the rainy Sunday, looked dun and stupid, just as any mortal druggist might be expected to look on a Sunday: and, when I asked for the tincture of opium, he gave it to me as any other man might do.
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.