somniferous

[som-nif-er-uh s, suh m-]

adjective

bringing or inducing sleep, as drugs or influences.

Nearby words

  1. somnambulate,
  2. somnambulation,
  3. somnambulism,
  4. somni-,
  5. somnifacient,
  6. somniferously,
  7. somnific,
  8. somniloquy,
  9. somnipathy,
  10. somnocinematography

Origin of somniferous

1595–1605; < Latin somnifer inducing sleep (somni-, combining form of somnus sleep + -fer -fer) + -ous

Related formssom·nif·er·ous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for somniferous

somniferous

somnific

adjective

rare tending to induce sleep
Derived Formssomniferously, adverb

Word Origin for somniferous

C17: from Latin somnifer (from somnus sleep + ferre to do) + -ous

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Word Origin and History for somniferous

somniferous

adj.

"sleep-producing," c.1600, from Latin somnifer, from somni- "sleep" + ferre "to bear" (see infer). With -ous.

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Medicine definitions for somniferous

somniferous

[sŏm-nĭfər-əs]

adj.

Inducing sleep; soporific.

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