: the black or dark purple sclerotium of fungi (genus Claviceps) that occurs as a club-shaped body replacing the seed of a grass (such as rye)
: a fungus bearing ergots
: a disease of rye and other cereals caused by an ergot fungus
: the dried sclerotia of an ergot fungus grown on rye and containing several alkaloids (such as ergonovine and ergotamine)
: any of such alkaloids used medicinally for their contractile effect on smooth muscle (as of the uterus and or blood vessels)
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