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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“Elaterium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elaterium. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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