Origin of cantharides
- Also called cantharides. a preparation of powdered blister beetles, especially the Spanish fly, used medicinally as a counterirritant, diuretic, and aphrodisiac.
- Also Span·ish·fly. Also called cantharis. a common European blister beetle, Cantharis (Lytta) vesicatoria, that yields this preparation.
Origin of Spanish fly
Examples from the Web for cantharides
Historical Examples of cantharides
The mucus of the bladder is increased by cantharides, and perhaps by oil of turpentine.Zoonomia, Vol. II
I extract from them the following details concerning the Cantharides.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
What are the singular forms of cantharides, phnomena, and data?A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Cantharides in powder may, of course, be detected by its appearance.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
The Cantharides or Spanish Flies, is a species of insect every one has heard of.
- 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
- a European blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria (family Meloidae), the dried bodies of which yield the pharmaceutical product cantharides
- another name for cantharides