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cantharides


cantharides


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cantharides  \Can*thar"i*des\,  n.  pl 
  See  {Cantharis}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cantharis  \Can"tha*ris\,  n.;  pl  {Cantharides}.  [L.,  a  kind  of 
  beetle,  esp.  the  Spanish  fly,  Gr  kanqari`s.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  beetle  ({Lytta,  or  Cantharis,  vesicatoria}),  havin1g  an 
  elongated  cylindrical  body  of  a  brilliant  green  color,  and  a 
  nauseous  odor;  the  blister  fly  or  blister  beetle,  of  the 
  apothecary;  --  also  called  {Spanish  fly}.  Many  other  species 
  of  {Lytta},  used  for  the  same  purpose,  take  the  same  name 
  See  {Blister  beetle},  under  {Blister}.  The  plural  form  in 
  usually  applied  to  the  dried  insects  used  in  medicine.