- laud, william,
- laudator temporis acti,
Origin of laudanum
Examples from the Web for laudanum
One of the traders becoming tired of the continued application of an Indian for more grog, gave him a dose of laudanum.The Great Company|Beckles Willson
But it turned out to be dosed with laudanum, and he fell into a deep sleep.The Solitary Farm|Fergus Hume
I have often exhibited twenty to thirty drops of chloroform with an equal quantity of laudanum with excellent results.
Far from laughing at her, I told her she was quite right, and asked where she had got the laudanum.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Where the ulcers are inflamed, warm lead water or lead water and laudanum will be found efficacious.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
Word Origin for laudanum
c.1600, from Modern Latin laudanum (1540s), coined by Paracelsus for a medicine he mixed, supposed to contain gold and crushed pearls and many expensive ingredients, but probably owing its effectiveness to only one of them, opium. Perhaps from Latin laudare "to praise," or from Latin ladanum "a gum resin," from Greek ladanon, a word perhaps of Semitic origin. The word soon came to be used for "any alcoholic tincture of opium." Latin ladanum was used in Middle English of plant resins, but this is not regarded as the source of the 16c. word.