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Today's Word "somniferous"

Causing or inducing sleep on

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somniferous \som-NIF-uhr-uhs\ (adjective) - Causing or inducing sleep.

"The wine which had exerted its somniferous influence over Mr. Snodgrass, and Mr. Winkle, had stolen upon the senses of Mr. Pickwick." -- Charles Dickens, 'The Pickwick Papers'

 

Somniferous comes from Latin somnifer, "sleep-bringing," from somnus, "sleep" + ferre, "to bring."

 

 

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