A tincture of opium, once widely used for various medical purposes and as a recreational drug. (noun)
To add laudanum to (a drink or the like). (verb)
To cause (a person) to be high on laudanum. (verb)
Examples of word laudanum
"To be sure I did, to calm down the pain; and that was what I call laudanum and Mr Briscoe here calls opium."
Paracelsus created the narcotic opium, which he called laudanum, for his patients.
'Is not it shocking to think,' continued she, after she had swallowed it, 'that in laudanum alone I find the means of supporting existence?'
Meanwhile, the tansy powder would do Clifford no harm, and the laudanum was a proper treatment for this acute period.
Perhaps this wet cloth in the original, is what we now call laudanum; a potion that overspreads the faculties, as the wet cloth did the face of the royal patient; and the translator knew not how to render it.