stavesacre

noun
staves·​acre | \ ˈstāv-ˌzā-kər How to pronounce stavesacre (audio) \

Medical Definition of stavesacre

1 : a Eurasian plant of the genus Delphinium (D. staphisagria) having purple flowers
2 : the ripe seeds of the stavesacre that contain delphinine, are violently emetic and carthartic, and have been used to kill head lice

called also staphisagria

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“Stavesacre.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/stavesacre. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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