from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease of humans and animals caused by eating legumes of the genus Lathyrus and characterized by spastic paralysis, hyperesthesia, and paresthesia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A neurological disease of humans and domestic animals, caused by eating certain legumes of the genus Lathyrus and characterised by paralysis and emaciation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A condition produced by the use of the seeds of Lathyrus Cicera and other species as food. It is characterized by formication, tremors, and paraplegia.
From New Latin Lathyrus, genus name, from Greek lathuros, a type of pea, from Akkadian ladiru, type of plant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Lathyrus + -ism (Wiktionary)