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cantharis


cantharis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blister  \Blis"ter\,  n.  [OE.;  akin  to  OD  bluyster,  fr  the  same 
  root  as  blast,  bladder,  blow.  See  {Blow}  to  eject  wind.] 
  1.  A  vesicle  of  the  skin,  containing  watery  matter  or  serum, 
  whether  occasioned  by  a  burn  or  other  injury,  or  by  a 
  vesicatory;  a  collection  of  serous  fluid  causing  a 
  bladderlike  elevation  of  the  cuticle. 
 
  And  painful  blisters  swelled  my  tender  hands. 
  --Grainger. 
 
  2.  Any  elevation  made  by  the  separation  of  the  film  or  skin, 
  as  on  plants;  or  by  the  swelling  of  the  substance  at  the 
  surface,  as  on  steel. 
 
  3.  A  vesicatory;  a  plaster  of  Spanish  flies,  or  other  matter, 
  applied  to  raise  a  blister.  --Dunglison. 
 
  {Blister  beetle},  a  beetle  used  to  raise  blisters,  esp.  the 
  {Lytta  (or  Cantharis)  vesicatoria},  called  {Cantharis}  or 
  {Spanish  fly}  by  druggists.  See  {Cantharis}. 
 
  {Blister  fly},  a  blister  beetle. 
 
  {Blister  plaster},  a  plaster  designed  to  raise  a  blister;  -- 
  usually  made  of  Spanish  flies. 
 
  {Blister  steel},  crude  steel  formed  from  wrought  iron  by 
  cementation;  --  so  called  because  of  its  blistered 
  surface.  Called  also  {blistered  steel}. 
 
  {Blood  blister}.  See  under  {Blood}. 
 
  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.