1. ergot

noun. ['ˈɝːgət'] 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.


  • Claviceps purpurea
  • genus Claviceps
  • Claviceps
  • rye ergot


  • ergot (French)
  • argot (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Ergot

  • turgut
  • target

How do you pronounce ergot?

Pronounce ergot as ˈərgət.

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Sentences with ergot

1. Adverb
Among those potential toxins is ergot, a fungus that infects some grains and produces a toxin.

2. Noun, plural
Other toxins, such as ergot, can cause hallucinations and other neurological issues.

When eaten in sufficient quantities the toxins cause
ergot poisoning.

Verb, base form
Perennial ryegrass is susceptible to
ergot, brown blight, leaf spots, snow molds and powdery mildew.

Noun, singular or mass
Lysergic acid comes from the fungus
ergot**, which grows on certain grains.

2. ergot

noun. ['ˈɝːgət'] a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus.


  • ergot (French)
  • argot (Old French (842-ca. 1400))