- 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
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n.pl., sing. can•thar•is
- (kan thar′is).
- DrugsSee Spanish fly (def. 1).
- cantharis. See Spanish fly (def. 2).
- Greek kantharís blister fly
- Latin, plural of cantharis
- Middle English 1350–1400