- pl. of cantharis
- [with sing. or pl. v.] a dangerous, sometimes fatal, preparation of powdered, dried Spanish flies, formerly used internally as a diuretic and aphrodisiac and externally as a skin irritant
Origin of cantharidesMiddle English cantarides from Classical Latin cantharides, plural of cantharis, kind of beetle, Spanish fly from Classical Greek kantharis, blister beetle
See Spanish fly.
Origin of cantharidesLatin pl. of cantharis cantharid- Spanish fly from Greek kantharis from diminutive of kantharos dung beetle