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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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