blister beetle


Definition of blister beetle

: a beetle (such as the Spanish fly) used medicinally dried and powdered to raise blisters on the skin broadly : any of a family (Meloidae) of soft-bodied beetles whose blood contains cantharidin

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Recent Examples on the Web In January 1862, Lewis’ two white roommates accused her of poisoning their wine with Spanish fly, a toxin produced by the blister beetle, often used in those days as an aphrodisiac. Jessica Lynne, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 There are 30 species of blister beetles in Wisconsin, but they are more commonly found in states farther west such as Kansas, Wyoming and Texas. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2020 In the grand scheme of things, blister beetles are not uncommon in Wisconsin. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2020 But at the larva stage, blister beetles take a slight detour that brings them in contact with a particular species of bees. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Sep. 2018 One of the most vicious and twisted is the blister beetle. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blister beetle

1771, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of blister beetle

: any of various beetles (as the Spanish fly) that are used medicinally dried and powdered to raise blisters on the skin broadly : any of numerous soft-bodied beetles (family Meloidae)

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