Definition of cantharides in English:


Line breaks: can|thari¦des
Pronunciation: /kanˈθarɪdiːz


See Spanish fly.
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  • The most notorious is ‘Spanish fly’, also known as cantharides.
  • In 1752 a Frenchman was prescribed 2 drams of cantharides for a fever and in the next two months bedded his wife at least 87 times.
  • This finding has caused many to mistakenly assume that cantharides, or rather ‘Spanish fly,’ is an aphrodisiac.


late Middle English: from Latin, plural of cantharis, from Greek kantharis 'Spanish fly'.

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