Definition of Spanish fly in US English:

Spanish fly


  • 1A bright green European blister beetle.

    Lytta vesicatoria, family Meloidae

    1. 1.1 A 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
      • ‘The show has not proven to be the small-screen equivalent of Spanish fly.’
      • ‘What should have been a party ends up a limp loser that no amount of Spanish fly could enliven.’


Spanish fly

/ˈspaniSH flī//ˈspænɪʃ flaɪ/