- a disease of rye and other cereal grasses, caused by a fungus of the genus Claviceps, especially C. purpurea, which replaces the affected grain with a long, hard, blackish sclerotial body.
- the sclerotial body itself.
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Origin of ergot
Words nearby ergot
Example sentences from the Web for ergot
Another important member of this group is the tiny parasite found on rye and other grains, which gives us the drug ergot.A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
Occasionally rye flour is made from rye upon which ergot has developed.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants|Edwin M. Bruce
The history of Ergot of Rye is too fresh in the memory of most people to require more than an allusion here.
When gathered the ergot is in large irregular lumps, and should be so kept.
Ergot of Rye is a stimulant to the muscular nerves of the Uterus of the female, but to no other nerves in any marked degree.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland