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[Latin, pl. of cantharis, cantharid-, Spanish fly, from Greek kantharis, from diminutive of kantharos, dung beetle.]


pl n, sing cantharis (ˈkænθərɪs)
(Pharmacology) a diuretic and urogenital stimulant or irritant prepared from the dried bodies of Spanish fly (family Meloidae, not Cantharidae), once thought to be an aphrodisiac. Also called: Spanish fly
[C15: from Latin, plural of cantharis, from Greek kantharis Spanish fly]


(kænˈθær ɪˌdiz), sing. can•thar•is (kænˈθær ɪs)
2. cantharis, Spanish fly (def. 2).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, pl. of cantharis < Greek kantharís blister beetle]


[kænˈθærɪdiːz] NPLpolvo m de cantárida
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Homais l'utilise dans le but d'etaler son erudition en citant <<pele-mele les cantharides, l'upas, le mancenillier, la vipere.
The most extraordinary fact to emerge was that the girls had been poisoned by cantharides, or Spanish Fly.
No wonder: as Brown notes, epileptics at the time "might have been prescribed wild valerian, peony root, mistletoe, digitalis, quinine, white dittany, rue, narcissus, opium, asafetida, garlic, camphor, cantharides, copper, zinc, lead, antimony, mercury, iron, silver, carbonic acid or phosphorus.