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opiumnoun [U]

uk   /ˈəʊ.pi.əm/  us   /ˈoʊ-/
a drug made from the seeds of a poppy (= red flower) that is used to control pain or to help people sleep. It can make a person who takes it want more of it and is sometimes used by people as an illegal drug for pleasure: an opium addict
Translations of “opium”
in Arabic أفيون…
in Korean 아편…
in Malaysian candu…
in French opium…
in Turkish afyon…
in Italian oppio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鴉片…
in Russian опиум…
in Polish opium…
in Vietnamese thuốc phiện…
in Spanish opio…
in Portuguese ópio…
in Thai ฝิ่น…
in German das Opium…
in Catalan opi…
in Japanese アヘン…
in Indonesian candu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鸦片…
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