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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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In another devotional writing, Hopkins creates a similar trope to distinguish between "the consent to commit wrong" and "the commission itself': "as if a man took poison or intoxicating drink or cantharides, which did not act at first and then acted suddenly, destroying reason" (Sermons, "General Examination of Conscience.
Homais l'utilise dans le but d'etaler son erudition en citant <<pele-mele les cantharides, l'upas, le mancenillier, la vipere.>> Homais est <<partisan du progres>> et Flaubert s'en moque comme il se moquera plus tard de cette volonte de savoir de Bouvard et Pecuchet.
The most extraordinary fact to emerge was that the girls had been poisoned by cantharides, or Spanish Fly.