Spanish fly

noun

1
: a green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria) of southern Europe
2

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Spanish fly was circa 1634

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“Spanish fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spanish%20fly. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

Spanish fly

noun
1
: a green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria of the family Meloidae) of southern Europe that is the source of cantharides
2
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