[som-nif-er-uh s, suh m-]
bringing or inducing sleep, as drugs or influences.
Origin of somniferous
1595–1605;Related formssom·nif·er·ous·ly, adverb
< Latin somnifer
inducing sleep (somni-,
combining form of somnus
sleep + -fer -fer
) + -ous
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Related Words for somniferousasleep
Examples from the Web for somniferous
Historical Examples of somniferous
It must have been a work of vast ability in the somniferous school of literature.
Claude Bernard thought it the most somniferous of the opium alkaloids.
Caro spoke of his "serious blague," while Victor Hugo found him "somniferous."
Two o'clock has just struck, and no somniferous result has followed.
Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the Wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.
British Dictionary definitions for somniferous
Derived Formssomniferously, adverb
rare tending to induce sleep
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
"sleep-producing," c.1600, from Latin somnifer, from somni- "sleep" + ferre "to bear" (see infer). With -ous.
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Inducing sleep; soporific.
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