somniferous
adjective Etymology: Latin somnifer somniferous, from somnus + -fer -ferous Date: 1602 soporific

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  • Somniferous — Som*nif er*ous, a. [L. somnifer; somnus sleep + ferre to bring.] Causing or inducing sleep; soporific; dormitive; as, a somniferous potion. Walton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • somniferous — index narcotic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • somniferous — c.1600, from L. somnifer, from somni , comb. form of somnus sleep (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)) + ferre to bear (see INFER (Cf. infer)) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • somniferous — [säm nif′ər əs, səmnif′ər əs] adj. [L somnifer < somnus, sleep (see SOMNUS) + ferre, to bring, BEAR1 + OUS] inducing sleep; soporific somniferously adv …   English World dictionary

  • somniferous — somniferously, adv. /som nif euhr euhs, seuhm /, adj. bringing or inducing sleep, as drugs or influences. [1595 1605; < L somnifer inducing sleep (somni , comb. form of somnus sleep + fer FER) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • somniferous — adjective causing or inducing sleep, normally with harmful overtones …   Wiktionary

  • somniferous — SYN: soporific (1). [L. somnus, sleep, + fero, to bring] * * * som·nif·er·ous säm nif (ə )rəs adj SOPORIFIC * * * som·nif·er·ous (som nifґər əs) hypnotic (def. 1) …   Medical dictionary

  • somniferous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Inducing sleep or sedation: hypnotic, narcotic, opiate, sedative, sleepy, slumberous, somnifacient, somnific, somnolent, soporific. See AWARENESS …   English dictionary for students

  • somniferous — bearing sleep Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • somniferous — som·nif·er·ous || sÉ‘m nɪfÉ™rÉ™s /sÉ’m adj. inducing sleep, causing drowsiness, soporific …   English contemporary dictionary

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