stavesacre

[ steyvz-ey-ker ]
/ ˈsteɪvzˌeɪ kər /
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noun

a larkspur, Delphinium staphisagria, of Europe and Asia Minor, having violently emetic and cathartic poisonous seeds.
the seeds themselves.

Nearby words

  1. stauroscope,
  2. stavanger,
  3. stave,
  4. stave off,
  5. staves,
  6. stavropol,
  7. staw,
  8. stay,
  9. stay out,
  10. stay over

Origin of stavesacre

1350–1400; Middle English staphisagre < Latin staphis agria < Greek staphìs agría literally, wild raisin

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British Dictionary definitions for stavesacre

stavesacre

/ (ˈsteɪvzˌeɪkə) /

noun

a Eurasian ranunculaceous plant, Delphinium staphisagria, having purple flowers and poisonous seeds
the seeds of this plant, which have strong emetic and cathartic properties

Word Origin for stavesacre

C14 staphisagre, from Latin staphis agria, from Greek, from staphis raisin + agria wild

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Word Origin and History for stavesacre

stavesacre

n.

herbal plant of the Delphinium family, c.1400, from Latin staphisagria, from Greek staphis agria, literally "wild raisin," from staphis "raisin" + agria, fem. of agrios "wild," literally "living in the fields," from agros "field" (see acre).

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