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somniferous

[som-nif-er-uh s, suh m-] /sɒmˈnɪf ər əs, səm-/
adjective
1.
bringing or inducing sleep, as drugs or influences.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin somnifer inducing sleep (somni-, combining form of somnus sleep + -fer -fer) + -ous
Related forms
somniferously, adverb
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Examples for somniferous
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for somniferous

somniferous

/sɒmˈnɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
(rare) tending to induce sleep
Derived Forms
somniferously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin somnifer (from somnus sleep + ferre to do) + -ous
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somniferous in Medicine

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

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