opium definition

  • noun:
    • A bitter, yellowish-brown, strongly addicting narcotic drug prepared through the dried liquid of unripe pods of opium poppy and containing alkaloids eg morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
    • Something that numbs or stupefies.
    • A yellow-brown, addictive narcotic medication gotten through the dried liquid of unripe pods for the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, and containing alkaloids such morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
    • something that numbs or stupefies.
    • The inspissated liquid associated with the Papaver somniferum, or white poppy.
    • The inspissated juice of Papaver somniferum, a poppy cultivated from early antiquity with regard to this system. See poppy and Papaver.
    • an addictive narcotic obtained from seed capsules of this opium poppy

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