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can·thar·i·des(kan'thar-is, kan-thar'i-dis, -dēz),
A dried beetle, Lytta (Cantharis) vesicatoria, used as a counterirritant and vesicant.
[L., fr. G. kantharis, a beetle]
1. A brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe.
2. A toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac. Also called cantharides.
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(1) Blister beetle.
(2) Cantharis, see there.