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    ergot - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ergot

    Definition
    (noun) a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus Definition
    (noun) 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
    Synonyms : claviceps purpurea
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