cantharis
noun (plural cantharides) Etymology: Middle English & Latin; Middle English cantharide, from Latin cantharid-, cantharis, from Greek kantharid-, kantharis Date: 14th century 1. Spanish fly 1 2. plural but singular or plural in construction a preparation of dried beetles (as Spanish flies) used in medicine as a counterirritant and formerly as an aphrodisiac

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  • Cantharis — Cantharis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cantharis — [kan′thə ris] n. pl. cantharides [kan thar′ə dēz΄] 〚see CANTHARIDES〛 SPANISH FLY (sense 1) * * * can·tha·ris (kănʹthər ĭs) n. pl …   Universalium

  • Cantharis — Can tha*ris (k[a^]n th[.a]*r[i^]s), n.; pl. {Cantharides} (k[a^]n*th[a^]r [i^]*d[=e]z). [L., a kind of beetle, esp. the Spanish fly, Gr. kanqari s.] (Zo[ o]l.) A beetle ({Lytta vesicatoria}, syn. {Cantharis vesicatoria}), having an elongated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canthăris — Canthăris, so v.w. Pflasterkäfer, s.d. unt. Kanthariden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cantharis — Cantharis, Kantharide, Spanische Fliege …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • cantharis — [kan′thə ris] n. pl. cantharides [kan thar′ə dēz΄] [see CANTHARIDES] SPANISH FLY (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Cantharis — Cantharis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cantharis — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cantharis — A dried beetle, Lytta (C.) vesicatoria, used as a counterirritant and vesicant. SYN: Russian fly, Spanish fly. [L., fr. G. kantharis, a beetle] * * * Can·tha·ris kan(t) thə rəs n syn of LYTTA * * * Can·tha·ris (kanґthə ris) [L., from Gr.… …   Medical dictionary

  • cantharis — n. Spanish fly, bright green European blister beetle …   English contemporary dictionary

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