- 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 from Middle English staphisagre, from Latin staphis agria, from Greek staphis agria : staphis, stavesacre + agria, 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").