[brak-see]Veterinary Pathology


Also called bradsot. an acute inflammatory disease of the intestines of sheep, caused by a bacterium, Clostridium septicum.


affected with braxy.

Origin of braxy

1775–85; back formation from braxes (brax for bracks (plural of brack, Old English brǣc rheum; akin to break) + -es plural ending) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for braxy

Historical Examples of braxy

  • The Gipsies were not spared of braxy, of which they were fond.

  • Braxy, however, may arise from other and more obvious causes.

    A Treatise on Sheep:

    Ambrose Blacklock

  • "But for me, my wumman, ye'd hae been braxy ere nicht," she told it as it departed bleating.


    John Buchan

  • Thousands of sheep have died on the prairies from braxy, induced by exposure and miserable forage.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • "Very curious," thought Montaiglon, making poor play with his braxy ham.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for braxy



an acute and usually fatal bacterial disease of sheep characterized by high fever, coma, and inflammation of the fourth stomach, caused by infection with Clostridium septicum

Word Origin for braxy

C18: of unknown origin
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