louping ill

[ lou-ping, loh-, loo- ]

nounVeterinary Pathology.
  1. an acute viral disease of sheep affecting the nervous system, transmitted by a tick.

Origin of louping ill

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at loup2

Words Nearby louping ill

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How to use louping ill in a sentence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for louping ill

louping ill

/ (ˈlaʊpɪŋ, ˈləʊ-) /

  1. a viral disease of sheep causing muscular twitching and partial paralysis: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (Ixodes ricinus)

Origin of louping ill

C18 louping, from loup ²

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