from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe.
  • noun A toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac.

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  • noun uncountable cantharides, a supposed aphrodisiac prepared from the dried and ground bodies of a variety of blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria
  • noun the beetle, Lytta vesicatoria

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  • noun green beetle of southern Europe


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