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 Meloidæ, 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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