cantharides

[ kan-thar-i-deez ]

plural noun,singular can·thar·is [kan-thar-is]. /kænˈθær ɪs/.

Origin of cantharides

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin, plural of cantharis<Greek kantharís blister fly

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cantharides

/ (kænˈθærɪˌdiːz) /


pl nsingular cantharis (ˈkænθərɪs)
  1. a diuretic and urogenital stimulant or irritant prepared from the dried bodies of Spanish fly (family Meloidae, not Cantharidae), once thought to be an aphrodisiac: Also called: Spanish fly

Origin of cantharides

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C15: from Latin, plural of cantharis, from Greek kantharis Spanish fly

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