blister beetle

noun

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 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, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 In the grand scheme of things, blister beetles are not uncommon in Wisconsin. Washington Post, "Hay tainted by toxic beetles kills 14 horses in Wisconsin," 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, "How Horror Beetles Hitchhike on Bees And Then Eat Their Young," 12 Sep. 2018 One of the most vicious and twisted is the blister beetle. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Horror Beetles Hitchhike on Bees And Then Eat Their Young," 12 Sep. 2018

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Blister beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blister%20beetle. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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blister beetle

noun

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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