[ lou-ping, loh-, loo- ]
/ ˈlaʊ pɪŋ, ˈloʊ-, ˈlu- /
noun Veterinary Pathology.
an acute viral disease of sheep affecting the nervous system, transmitted by a tick.
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Origin of louping ill
First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at loup2
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She would not be seen hirpling like a sheep with the louping-ill, and so she preferred to remain in bed and keep her dignity.Barbara Lynn|Emily J. Jenkinson
/ (ˈlaʊpɪŋ, ˈləʊ-) /
a viral disease of sheep causing muscular twitching and partial paralysis: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (Ixodes ricinus)
Word Origin for louping ill
C18 louping, from loup ²
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