Raphany

Raphany

Raph"a*ny\, n. [Cf. F. raphanie.] (Med.) A convulsive disease, attended with ravenous hunger, not uncommon in Sweden and Germany. It was so called because supposed to be caused by eating corn with which seeds of jointed charlock (Raphanus raphanistrum) had been mixed, but the condition is now known to be a form of ergotism.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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