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Meaning of ERGOT

Pronunciation:  'urgut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fungus that infects various cereal plants forming compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many grains of the plant; source of medicinally important alkaloids and of lysergic acid
  2. [n]  a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus

ERGOT is a 5 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: Claviceps purpurea
 See Also: Claviceps, fungus, genus Claviceps, plant disease, rye ergot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Er"got\, n. [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) .

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A disease of cereal plants (rye, wheat, etc.) caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea; this fungus produces toxic alkaloids that, if ingested, cause symptoms such as hallucinations, severe gastrointestinal upset, a burning sensation in the limbs and extremities (a.k.a. Saint Anthony's Fire) and a form of gangrene.