[som-nif-er-uhs, suhm-]
bringing or inducing sleep, as drugs or influences.

1595–1605; < Latin somnifer inducing sleep (somni-, combining form of somnus sleep + -fer -fer) + -ous

somniferously, adverb Unabridged
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somniferous or somnific (sɒmˈnɪfərəs)
rare tending to induce sleep
[C17: from Latin somnifer (from somnus sleep + ferre to do) + -ous]
somnific or somnific
[C17: from Latin somnifer (from somnus sleep + ferre to do) + -ous]
som'niferously or somnific

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somniferous som·nif·er·ous (sŏm-nĭf'ər-əs)
Inducing sleep; soporific.

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It must have been a work of vast ability in the somniferous school of literature.
Somniferous chloroform soothes the nerves, and brings deep sleep upon its subjects.
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