Share this entry

stavesacre Line breaks: staves|acre
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪvˌzeɪkə/

Definition of stavesacre in English:


A southern European larkspur whose seeds were formerly used as an insecticide.
  • Delphinium staphisagria, family Ranunculaceae
Example sentences
  • Delphinium Staphisagria L., or stavesacre, is a handsome, annual or biennial plant, one or two feet high, with a simple, erect, downy stem, and palmate, five- or seven-lobed leaves, supported on hairy petioles.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek staphis agria 'wild raisin'.

Words that rhyme with stavesacre


Definition of stavesacre in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources