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  1. Veterinary Pathology. inflammation of the udder of a cow; bovine mastitis.
  2. pokeweed.
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Origin of garget

1580–90; earlier, inflammation of the head or throat in livestock, apparently the same word as Middle English garget, gargat throat < Middle French gargate
Related formsgar·get·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for garget

Historical Examples

  • Garget in the udder, or weed, is also to be guarded against.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

    William M'Combie

  • The last is especially the case with the poke or garget (Phytolacca decandra).

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Inflammation of the udder (garget) is a frequent trouble in every herd.

  • If strong and vigorous, the calf is the best doctor for garget or caked bag.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • There are also a number of inflammatory udder troubles known as garget or mammitis.

British Dictionary definitions for garget


  1. archaic inflammation of the mammary gland of domestic animals, esp cattle
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Derived Formsgargety, adjective

Word Origin

C16 (in the sense: throat): from Old French gargate, perhaps from Latin gurges gulf
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