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Paracelsus coined it to name a medicine that contained opium, gold, and crushed pearls (among other things); eventually it came to denote any tincture of opium; what word is it?




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Answer: laudanum

Laudanum also contains alcohol, which is what makes it a tincture. The word laudanum perhaps derives from the Latin laudere, to praise, or from the Latin ladanum, a resin.

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Patrick Henry, along with many an artist and author, allegedly had an addiction to this drug, which was quite the rage during the Victorian era.
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Enjoyed looking up biographical information on Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim [i.e., Paracelsus], as a result of your question.
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