Spanish fly


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Spanish fly

n.
1. A brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe.
2. A toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac. Also called cantharides.

Spanish fly

n
1. (Animals) a European blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria (family Meloidae), the dried bodies of which yield the pharmaceutical product cantharides
2. (Pharmacology) another name for cantharides

Span′ish fly′


n.
1. Also called cantharides. a preparation of powdered blister beetles used chiefly for its supposed potency as an aphrodisiac.
2. Also, Span′ish•fly`. Also called cantharis. a common European blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria.
[1625–35]
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Noun1.Spanish fly - green beetle of southern EuropeSpanish fly - green beetle of southern Europe  
blister beetle, meloid - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
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