fungal disease of rye and other grasses, 1680s, from French ergot "ergot," also "a spur, the extremity of a dead branch," from Old French argot "cock's spur" (12c.), which is of unknown origin. The blight so called from the shape the fungus forms on the diseased grain. Related: Ergotic. An alkaloid from the fungus, ergotamine (1921) is used to treat migraines.
1. The paper studied ferment condition of Claviceps paspali to producing ergot alkali.
2. Ergot A fungal disease of many cereals.
3. This paper is a study of culture medium of Claviceps Paspali for ergot alkali fermentation.
4. These findings should be considered in evaluating the risk – benefit ratio of treatment with ergot derivatives.