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  • n. Any member of the Cantharidae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Some worm-insect injurious to plants.
  • n. A beetle of the genus Cantharis or group Cantharides; especially, C. vesicatoria. See cut under Cantharis.


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  • Both young ladies wore the very short and open evening gowns that Vass "miraged" that season - in the phrase of that season: Ada, a gauzy black, Lucette, a lustrous cantharid green.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 4, 2008