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blister beetle Explained

blister beetle at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of approximately 2,000 species of beetles (family Meloidae) that secrete an irritating substance, cantharidin, which is used medically as a topical skin irritant to remove warts. In the past, cantharidin was often used for inducing blisters, a common remedy for many ailments, and the dried remains of Spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria) were a major ingredient in so-called love potions. Adult blister beetles, which are often brightly colored, range between 0.1 and 0.8 in. (3-20 mm) in length. Blister beetles are both helpful and harmful to humans; the larvae eat grasshopper eggs, but the adults destroy crops.

Blister beetle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Blister \Blis"ter\, n. [OE.; akin to OD. bluyster, fr. the same
root as blast, bladder, blow. See {Blow} to eject wind.]
1. A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum,
whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a
vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a
bladderlike elevation of the cuticle.

And painful blisters swelled my tender hands.
--Grainger.

2. Any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin,
as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the
surface, as on steel.

3. A vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter,
applied to raise a blister. --Dunglison.

{Blister beetle}, a beetle used to raise blisters, esp. the
{Lytta (or Cantharis) vesicatoria}, called {Cantharis} or
{Spanish fly} by druggists. See {Cantharis}.

{Blister fly}, a blister beetle.

{Blister plaster}, a plaster designed to raise a blister; --
usually made of Spanish flies.

{Blister steel}, crude steel formed from wrought iron by
cementation; -- so called because of its blistered
surface. Called also {blistered steel}.

{Blood blister}. See under {Blood}.

blister beetle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

blister beetle
n : beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
[syn: {meloid}]