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Oxford dictionary definition of the word ergot:
1 [mass noun] 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.
The fungus is Claviceps purpurea, subdivision Ascomycotina
the fruiting bodies of the ergot fungus, used as a source of certain medicinal alkaloids, especially for inducing uterine contractions or controlling post-partum bleeding.
2a small horny protuberance on the back of each of a horse’s fetlocks.
late 17th century: from French, from Old French argot ‘cock’s spur’ (because of the appearance produced by the disease)