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cantharides

[ kan-thar-i-deez ]
/ kænˈθær ɪˌdiz /
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plural noun, singular can·thar·is [kan-thar-is]. /kænˈθær ɪs/.
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Origin of cantharides

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin, plural of cantharis<Greek kantharís blister fly
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British Dictionary definitions for cantharides

cantharides
/ (kænˈθærɪˌdiːz) /

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

Word Origin for cantharides

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