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1A bright green European blister beetle.
- 1.1A toxic preparation of the dried bodies of Spanish fly beetles, formerly used in medicine as a counterirritant and sometimes taken as an aphrodisiac.Also called cantharides
- ‘What should have been a party ends up a limp loser that no amount of Spanish fly could enliven.’
- ‘The show has not proven to be the small-screen equivalent of Spanish fly.’
- 1.1A toxic preparation of the dried bodies of Spanish fly beetles, formerly used in medicine as a counterirritant and sometimes taken as an aphrodisiac.
Spanish fly/ˈspaniSH flī/
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