from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A logical deduction.
- n. A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The spur of rye; ergot.
- n. The morbid state induced by the excessive ingestion of ergot, as from the use of spurred or ergoted rye as food. Spasmodic and gangrenous forms are distinguished.
- n. A logical inference; a conclusion.
- n. Logical reasoning; ratiocination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and cramping and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs
ergot + -ism (Wiktionary)