jungle fever

[ juhng-guhl fee-ver ]
/ ˈdʒʌŋ gəl ˈfi vər /

noun

Pathology. a severe variety of malarial fever occurring in the East Indies and the tropics.
Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a person’s preference for a sexual or romantic relationship that is interracial, especially the preference of a white person for a Black partner.

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Origin of jungle fever

First recorded in 1795–1805, and in 1960–65 for def. 2
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British Dictionary definitions for jungle fever

jungle fever

noun

a serious malarial fever occurring in the East Indies
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Medical definitions for jungle fever

jungle fever
[ jŭnggəl ]

n.

malaria
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