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stavesacre

[steyvz-ey-ker]
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noun
  1. a larkspur, Delphinium staphisagria, of Europe and Asia Minor, having violently emetic and cathartic poisonous seeds.
  2. the seeds themselves.
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Origin of stavesacre

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

noun
  1. a Eurasian ranunculaceous plant, Delphinium staphisagria, having purple flowers and poisonous seeds
  2. the seeds of this plant, which have strong emetic and cathartic properties
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Word Origin

C14 staphisagre, from Latin staphis agria, from Greek, from staphis raisin + agria wild
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Word Origin and History for 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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