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  1. Any fungus in the genus Claviceps which are parasitic on grasses.
  2. The sclerotium (wintering stage) of certain fungi in the genus Claviceps, appearing as a deformed grain in certain cereals and grasses infected by the fungi.
    Etymology: (term, ergot, lang=fr), from (term, argot, , spur, lang=fro).

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