elaterium

noun el·a·te·ri·um \ˌeləˈtirēəm\

Definition of elaterium

plural

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  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of elaterium

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


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