- a tall, purple-flowered delphinium (Delphinium staphisagria) of Europe and Asia, with poisonous seeds having strongly emetic and cathartic properties
- its seeds
Origin of stavesacreMiddle English staphisagre from Medieval Latin staphisagria from Classical Greek staphis, raisin + agrios, wild; akin to agros: see acre
- A delphinium (Delphinium staphisagria) of southern Europe, having purple or blue flowers.
- The poisonous seeds of this plant, formerly used medicinally especially to kill external parasites such as lice.
Origin of stavesacreBy folk etymology ( influenced by stave ) ( acre ) from Middle English staphisagre from Latin staphis agria from Greek staphis agriā ( literally, “wild raisin,” from the raisinlike appearance of the seeds ) staphis raisin, stavesacre ( from variant of earlier astaphis raisin ) ( perhaps akin to staphulē bunch of grapes ; see staphylo- . ) agriā feminine of agrios wild ; see agro- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural stavesacres)
From Latin staphisagria, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„Î±Ï†Î¯Ï‚ (staphis, “grape") á¼€Î³ÏÎ¯Î± (wild, “wild").