cantharis

noun can·tha·ris \ ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs \

Definition of cantharis

plural cantharides play \kan-ˈthar-ə-ˌdēz\
1 : spanish fly 1
2 cantharides plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a preparation of dried beetles (such as Spanish flies) used in medicine as a counterirritant and formerly as an aphrodisiac

Origin and Etymology of cantharis

Middle English cantaride (usually in plural) "the blister beetle Lytta vesicatoria (earlier Cantharis vesictoria), preparation made from the beetles," borrowed from Latin cantharid-, cantharis (plural cantharidēs) "the beetle Lytta vesicatoria," borrowed from Greek kantharís, from kántharos "the dung beetle Gymnopleurus mopsus" (of obscure origin) + -id-, -is, diminutive suffix
Note: The Greek word kántharos denotes various things (beetle, cup, a kind of boat, a species of fish) the interrelations of which are far from clear; possibly several words of distinct origin have merged.


Medical Dictionary

cantharis

noun can·tha·ris \ ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs \

medical Definition of cantharis

plural cantharides play \kan-ˈthar-ə-ˌdēz\
1 : spanish fly 1
2 cantharides plural but singular or plural in construction : a preparation of dried beetles and especially Spanish flies that contains cantharidin and is used in medicine as a blister-producing agent and formerly as an aphrodisiac called also Spanish fly

Cantharis

noun Can·tha·ris \ ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs \

medical Definition of Cantharis

  • taxonomic synonym of lytta

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