Definition of cantharides in English:

cantharides

Syllabification: can·thar·i·des
Pronunciation: /kanˈTHariˌdēz
 
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noun

  • see Spanish fly.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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