- a type of allergic rhinitis affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract, affecting susceptible persons usually during the summer, caused by pollen of ragweed and certain other plants.
Origin of hay fever
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for hay fever
For completeness, one must also consider the large group of people—the hay-fever crowd—who are allergic to mold.Hurricane Sandy Won’t Bring a Mold Epidemic
November 4, 2012
I thought you said it was hay-fever, remarked Willard innocently.Left Half Harmon
Ralph Henry Barbour
Dr Aitkens definition of hay-fever seems to point to what is pretty generally accepted as its cause, viz.
He would take bronchitis in the dog-days, and have hay-fever at Christmas.Three Men in a Boat
Jerome K. Jerome
“You look just as though you had hay-fever, Nan,” Bess grumbled.Nan Sherwood at Lakeview Hall
Annie Roe Carr
In the twilight she had not noticed them, and they always bring her hay-fever.More Tish
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- an allergic reaction to pollen, dust, etc, characterized by sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes due to inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and noseTechnical names: allergic rhinitis, pollinosis
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Word Origin and History for hay fever
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, usually characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen.
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- An seasonal allergic condition characterized by a sensitivity to airborne pollen, resulting in nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It occurs especially during late spring, late summer, and early fall and can be caused by the pollens of various plants, especially ragweed and certain trees and grasses.
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