I'm reading an article about French writer Jean Lorrain. It says:
"Lorrain (1855– 1906) was another perfumed and decadent type, with his jewels, his hennaed mustache, and his addiction to both ether and rough sailor boys."
The definitions of "ether" in the dictionary don't seem to fit into this context. Besides, "ether" seems to be a noun referring to some chemical element while it seems to be an adjective in the above quote.
Does this word have other meanings? What does it mean when it's used as an adjective?