|a popular term for food poisoning|
|[C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning]|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
ptomaine poisoning n.
Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in technical use.