elaterium

noun
el·​a·​te·​ri·​um | \ˌeləˈtirēəm\
plural -s

Definition of elaterium 

: a purgative substance precipitated as a fine powder from the juice of the squirting cucumber on spontaneous evaporation and used in the form of yellowish cakes

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History and Etymology for elaterium

Latin, from Greek elatērion (also, squirting cucumber), from neuter of elatērios driving, driving away, purgative, from elatēr driver

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