from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A delphinium (Delphinium staphisagria) of southern Europe, having purple or blue flowers.
- noun The poisonous seeds of this plant, formerly used medicinally especially to kill external parasites such as lice.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A species of larkspur, Delphinium Staphisagria, native in southern Europe and Asia Minor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A kind of larkspur (
Delphinium Staphysagria), and its seeds, which are violently purgative and emetic. They are used as a parasiticide, and in the East for poisoning fish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A highly
toxic, perennialplant with purple flowers, Delphinium staphisagria.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
-- All kinds of lice and their nits may be got rid of by washing with a simple decoction of stavesacre (_Delphinium staphisagria_), or with a lotion made with the bruised seed in vinegar, or with the tincture, or by rubbing in a salve made with the seeds and four times their weight of lard very carefully beaten together.