Definition of Spanish fly

1. Noun. Green beetle of southern Europe.

Generic synonyms: Blister Beetle, Meloid

Definition of Spanish fly

1. Noun. cantharides, a supposed aphrodisiac prepared from the dried and ground bodies of a variety of blister beetle, ''Lytta vesicatoria'' ¹

2. Noun. the beetle, ''Lytta vesicatoria'' ¹

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Medical Definition of Spanish fly

1. A dried beetle, Lytta (Cantharis) vesicatoria, used as a counterirritant and vesicant. Synonym: Russian fly, Spanish fly. Origin: L., fr. G. Kantharis, a beetle (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spanish Fly

Spanish Water Dogs
Spanish bayonet
Spanish broom
Spanish burgoo
Spanish capital
Spanish cedar
Spanish cedar tree
Spanish chestnut
Spanish chestnuts
Spanish dagger
Spanish donkey
Spanish donkeys
Spanish elm
Spanish fever
Spanish flu
Spanish fly (current term)
Spanish garlic
Spanish gorse
Spanish green
Spanish grunt
Spanish guitar
Spanish ham
Spanish heath
Spanish influenza
Spanish iris
Spanish lime
Spanish lime tree
Spanish mackerel
Spanish monetary unit
Spanish moss

Literary usage of Spanish fly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1856)
"CANTHARIDES OR Spanish fly—SYMPTOMS AND EFFECTS—ANALYSIS. ... (Spanish fly.) Symptom» and effects.—This poison has been frequently administered, ..."

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