What does the word opium mean?

Usage examples for opium

  1. It is a general, but I believe altogether a mistaken opinion, that the quarrel is merely for certain chests of opium, imported by British merchants into China, and seized by the Chinese government for having been imported contrary to law. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  2. He was sad, dreamy in temperament; some said he took opium, all knew he took whiskey, and a great deal of it, though never was he known to do or say an unseemly thing under its influence. – Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life by Charles King
  3. The place is " Chinese Johnson's" opium den. – Odd Bits of Travel with Brush and Camera by Charles M. Taylor, Jr.