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[rin-der-pest] /ˈrɪn dərˌpɛst/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
an acute, usually fatal infectious disease of cattle, sheep, etc., caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus and characterized by high fever, diarrhea, and lesions of the skin and mucous membranes.
Also called cattle plague.
Origin of rinderpest
1860-65; < German, equivalent to Rinder cattle (plural of Rind) + Pest pestilence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And so it continued till 1896, when the rinderpest swept off nine-tenths of the koodoos, elands and buffalo.

  • Every mile now began to show the grisly, stinking signs of rinderpest.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • This greatly angered the natives, as also the rinderpest, which came later and swept off many of the remaining cattle.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson
  • rinderpest has about done for us all, and bar that the whole show has been as dry as chips.

  • Here were collected some two hundred waggons, stopped by loss of all their oxen from rinderpest.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • He does not care about anything else until the rinderpest comes.

    The Boer in Peace and War Arthur M. Mann
  • Pleuro-pneumonia is often an epizotic, as is also the rinderpest.

  • The buffalo has recovered from the slaughter by rinderpest only in time to meet the onset of oversea sportsmen.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He is one of those mysterious dispensations like the cholera, rinderpest and trichiniasis which only future ages may appreciate.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • The rinderpest had taken firm root in the land, and was in a fair way of clearing it of horned cattle from end to end.

British Dictionary definitions for rinderpest


an acute contagious viral disease of cattle, characterized by severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and diarrhoea
Word Origin
C19: German: cattle pest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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