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louping ill

[lou-ping, loh-, loo-]
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noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. an acute viral disease of sheep affecting the nervous system, transmitted by a tick.

Origin of louping ill

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at loup2
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Examples from the Web for louping ill

Historical Examples

  • She would not be seen hirpling like a sheep with the louping-ill, and so she preferred to remain in bed and keep her dignity.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson


British Dictionary definitions for louping ill

louping ill

noun
  1. a viral disease of sheep causing muscular twitching and partial paralysis: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (Ixodes ricinus)

Word Origin

C18 louping, from loup ²
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