bluetongue

[ bloo-tuhng ]
/ ˈbluˌtʌŋ /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

a viral disease of sheep and sometimes cattle, transmitted by biting insects and characterized by high fever, excessive salivation, swelling of the face and tongue, and cyanosis of the tongue.

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Also called catarrhal fever.

Origin of bluetongue

First recorded in 1860–65; blue + tongue
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British Dictionary definitions for bluetongue (1 of 2)

bluetongue1
/ (ˌbluːˈtʌŋ) /

noun

an Australian lizard, Tiliqua scincoides, having a cobalt-blue tongue

British Dictionary definitions for bluetongue (2 of 2)

bluetongue2
/ (ˌbluːˈtʌŋ) /

noun

vet science a viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants transmitted by arthropods and characterized by reproductive problems or vasculitis. Sheep, which are most frequently affected, develop swelling of the face and a cyanotic tongue
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