Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

When I was writing The Cartoon Guide to Recreational Drugs I scoured the local libraries and bookstores looking for useful and interesting historical works. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is one of my sources.

The parts I generally took notes from were either about the drugs themselves or the prohibition of drugs. You’ll find the information garnered from these books throughout the Prohibition Politics section of this site. It will also have informed some of my own postings stored in the older Prohibition Politics archive.

If you find this information useful, you will want to search out the books themselves to read the text in context. All of the books here are at least moderately interesting.


These references are taken from the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.

coffee a : a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground or pounded seeds of a coffee tree; also : these seeds either green or roasted b: COFFEE TREE 2 : a cup of coffee.

[And they even have a picture of it!]

khat : a shrub (Catha edulis) cultivated by the Arabs for its leaves and buds that are the source of an habituating stimulant when chewed or used as a tea