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Webster 1913 Edition


Ergot

Er′got

,
Noun.
[F.
ergot
,
argot
, lit., a spur.]
1.
A diseased condition of rye and other cereals, in which the grains become black, and often spur-shaped. It is caused by a parasitic fungus,
Claviceps purpurea
.
2.
The mycelium or spawn of this fungus infecting grains of rye and wheat. It is a powerful remedial agent, and also a dangerous poison, and is used as a means of hastening childbirth, and to arrest bleeding.
3.
(Far.)
A stub, like soft horn, about the size of a chestnut, situated behind and below the pastern joint.
4.
(Anat.)
See 2d
Calcar
, 3
(b)
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ergot

ERGOT

,
Noun.
In farriery, a stub, like a piece of soft horn, about the bigness of a chestnut, situated behind and below the pastern joint, and commonly hid under the tuft of the fetloc.
1.
A morbid excrescence in grain; a dark colored shoot, often an inch long, from the ears of grain, particularly of rye.

Definition 2022


ergot

ergot

English

Barley grain with ergots (sclerotia of Claviceps purpurea)

Noun

ergot (plural ergots)

  1. Any fungus in the genus Claviceps which are parasitic on grasses.
  2. The sclerotium (wintering stage) of certain fungi in the genus Claviceps, appearing as a deformed grain in certain cereals and grasses infected by the fungi.

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References

  • ergot in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

French

Etymology

From Old French argot, possibly from a Transalpine Gaulish radical arg (pointed thing).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛʁ.ɡo/

Noun

ergot m (plural ergots)

  1. spur of a male member of Galliformes
  2. ergot