- a monetary unit of Turkey, the 100th part of a lira; piaster.
Origin of kurus
First recorded in 1880–85, kurus is from the Turkish word kuruş
- a fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by progressive lack of coordination and dementia, known only among certain Melanesian peoples, especially the Fore of New Guinea, and caused by a slow virus: now virtually extinct.
Origin of kuru
First recorded in 1955–60; < a dialect of Fore, a language of the Eastern Highlands District
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Examples from the Web for kurus
Thus, rightly or wrongly, the Pandus were brought into the family of the Kurus.
After his fall, the Kurus were led by Karna, the prince of the Angas.
Be thou my charioteer, O best of men, I will fight with the Kurus.'
Alone he saved the Kurus (from the Gandharvas), and alone he satiated Agni.
And, O best of the Kurus, it is the Yatis only who have access to it.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2
Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
- a degenerative disease of the nervous system, restricted to certain tribes in New Guinea, marked by loss of muscular control and thought to be caused by a slow virus
C20: from a native name
- a Turkish monetary unit worth one hundredth of a liraAlso: piastre
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- A progressive, fatal spongiform encephalopathy, probably caused by a slow-acting virus, that is endemic to certain peoples of New Guinea and may be transmitted through cannibalism.
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- A rare, progressive, degenerative neurological disease found in certain peoples of New Guinea and associated with cannibalism. It is thought to be caused by a prion and results in a fatal encephalopathy. See Note at prion.
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