soporiferous

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soporiferous (comparative more soporiferous, superlative most soporiferous)

  1. (archaic) soporific, sleep-inducing
    • 1908, Lafcadio Hearn, King Candaules[1]:
      And she poured from a golden urn, into a cup of the same metal, the sombre-coloured beverage which she had mingled with the soporiferous juice of the nepenthe.
    • 1910, Various, International Short Stories= French[2]:
      At last the soporiferous fumes of the wine lulled him into a gentle repose.
    • 1922, Charles Sylvester, Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 5[3]:
      All this I was told; for, while the whole operation was performing, I lay in a profound sleep, by the force of that soporiferous medicine infused into my liquor.

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