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Ergot

Er´got
n.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).
Noun1.ergot - a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus
2.ergot - 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
plant disease
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