blister beetle love

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various soft-bodied beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the cantharis, that secrete a substance capable of blistering the skin. Also called meloid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a beetle used to raise blisters, esp. the Lytta vesicatoria (or Cantharis vesicatoria), called Cantharis or Spanish fly by druggists. See Cantharis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular name of beetles of the family Meloid├Ž, derived from the peculiar poison (cantharidin) which is contained in their tissues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin

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