- a larkspur, Delphinium staphisagria, of Europe and Asia Minor, having violently emetic and cathartic poisonous seeds.
- the seeds themselves.
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Delphinium, del-fin′i-um, n. a genus of Ranunculace comprising the larkspurs and stavesacre.
Lotions of the smaller centaury or of stavesacre, and pomatum mixed with mercurial ointment, are very efficacious.The Insect World
The vegeto-alkaline principle of the Delphinium staphysagria, or stavesacre.
An alkaloid discovered by Lassaigne and Feneulle in Delphinium staphysagria or stavesacre.
- 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
Word Origin and History for stavesacre
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).