ergot ergot  /ˈɜr ɡət/


  1. (n) a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus
  2. (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


  1. Doctors often use ergot extracts to start contractions in the uterus in childbirth.
  2. Russian rye is subject to ergot rust.
  3. But Gynergen, derived from ergot, a drug used to stimulate uterine contractions in childbirth, is almost a disease in itself.


  1. Farmers urged to check pastures for presence of ergot

    Farmers with animals in pasture should check for their grass forages for the presence of ergot which can be toxic to cattle, sheep, swine and horses.
    on August 1, 2013     Source: Dairy Herd

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    BOONE COUNTY - Plant scientists warned Missouri cattle and horse owners of a fatal fungus that recently showed up in pastureland. Sicentists have spotted the fungus, Ergot, in many Missouri pastures. It has already killed four cows in 20-cow herd in northeast Missouri.
    on July 31, 2013     Source: KOMU Columbia

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