plural -s
: 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

Word History


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 23 Jun. 2024.

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