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- n. An alkaloid constituting the active principle of ergot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alkaloid constituting the active principle of ergot; -- so named from its power of producing abortion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brownish amorphous, slightly bitter alkaloid contained in ergot.
Ancient Greek "a throwing out", from its power to induce abortion. (Wiktionary)