- a specific variety of influenza, usually named for its point of dissemination or its animal vector: Hong Kong flu; swine flu.
Origin of flu
Related Words for flusheartburn, nausea, disease, epidemic, virus, bug, pollution, flu, malady, ailment, imperfection, deficiency, affliction, frailty, illness, syndrome, cancer, sickness, disability, infection
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Historical Examples of flus
Flustra, flus′tra, n. one of the commonest genera of marine Polyzoa.
Off the beaten track and anywhere in the Riff country his life would not be worth a flus (small copper coin).In the Tail of the Peacock
- the flu short for influenza
- any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
1839, flue, shortening of influenza. Spelling flu attested from 1893. For choice of middle syllable, not a common method of shortening in English, Weekley compares tec for detective, scrip for subscription.
- See influenza.