Adjective "ergot" definition and examples

(Ergot may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A fungal disease of rye and other cereals in which black elongated fruiting bodies grow in the ears of the cereal. Eating contaminated food can result in ergotism.
  1. 'Seriously though, Rufus knew that the problems commonly blamed on rye occur when the grain is moldy and has ergot, so he was careful never to buy moldy rye.'
  2. 'The Department of Agriculture has discovered sorghum ergot in a small area of forage sorghum growing in southern Western Australia.'
  3. 'Mycotoxins commonly found in grains or feeds used in Nebraska are aflatoxins, ergot alkaloids, fumonisins, vomitoxin and zearalenone.'
  4. 'The review included 13 controlled trials of ergot derivatives.'
  5. 'He was conducting research on possible medical applications of various lysergic acid compounds derived from ergot, a fungus that develops on rye grass.'
  6. 'Bromocriptin from the wheat rust ergot, chemically mimics the effect of dopamine and can be added.'
  7. 'Because of their ability to cause peripheral vasoconstriction, ergot alkaloids should not be used chronically.'
A small horny protuberance on the back of each of a horse's fetlocks.
  1. 'I have chosen to write about the evolution of the horse's chestnut as well as the ergot.'

More definitions

1. Plant Pathology. a disease of rye and other cereal grasses, caused by a fungus of the genus Claviceps, especially C. purpurea, which replaces the affected grain with a long, hard, blackish sclerotial body. the sclerotial body itself.

2. Pharmacology. the dried sclerotium of C. purpurea, developed on rye plants: used in the production of ergotamine and ergotoxine.

More examples(as adjective)

"fungi can be ergot."


Late 17th century: from French, from Old French argot ‘cock's spur’ (because of the appearance produced by the disease).