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Spanish fly (def 1).
cantharis, Spanish fly (def 2).
Also called cantharides. a preparation of powdered blister beetles, especially the Spanish fly, used medicinally as a counterirritant, diuretic, and aphrodisiac.
Also, Spanishfly. Also called cantharis. a common European blister beetle, Cantharis (Lytta) vesicatoria, that yields this preparation.
Historical Examples

The Ladies Book of Useful Information Anonymous
A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I Various
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
The Ladies Book of Useful Information Anonymous
Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2 Various
Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau

plural noun (sing) cantharis (ˈkænθərɪs)
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
a European blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria (family Meloidae), the dried bodies of which yield the pharmaceutical product cantharides
another name for cantharides


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