ergot: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ûr'gut, -got), [key]
- a disease of rye and other cereal grasses, caused by a fungus of the genus Claviceps, esp. C. purpurea, which replaces the affected grain with a long, hard, blackish sclerotial body.
- the sclerotial body itself.
- the dried sclerotium of C. purpurea, developed on rye plants: used in the production of ergotamine and ergotoxine.
- ergot (Thesaurus)