Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A brownish amorphous, slightly bitter alkaloid contained in ergot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) An alkaloid constituting the active principle of ergot; -- so named from its power of producing abortion.

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  • noun organic chemistry An alkaloid constituting the active principle of ergot.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek "a throwing out", from its power to induce abortion.

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