WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
can•thar•i•des  (kan thari dēz′), 
n.pl., sing. can•thar•is
    (kan tharis). 
  1. DrugsSee Spanish fly (def. 1).
  2. cantharis. See Spanish fly (def. 2).
  • Greek kantharís blister fly
  • Latin, plural of cantharis
  • Middle English 1350–1400

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cantharides /kænˈθærɪˌdiːz/ pl n ( sing cantharis /ˈkænθərɪs/)
  1. 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
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin, plural of cantharis, from Greek kantharis Spanish fly

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