jungle fever

[ juhng-guhl fee-ver ]
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  1. Pathology. a severe variety of malarial fever occurring in the East Indies and the tropics.

  2. 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.

Origin of jungle fever

First recorded in 1795–1805, and in 1960–65 for def. 2

Words Nearby jungle fever

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How to use jungle fever in a sentence

  • During this campaign he had been shot in the shoulder and had had a severe attack of jungle fever.

    In the Foreign Legion | Erwin Rosen
  • The jungle fever, of which the fatal seeds had been sown at Seringapatam, attacked him after a few days.

British Dictionary definitions for jungle fever

jungle fever

  1. a serious malarial fever occurring in the East Indies

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