- any of various skin diseases caused by parasitic mites, affecting animals and sometimes humans and characterized by loss of hair and scabby eruptions.
Origin of mange
Examples from the Web for mange
Most likely it has the mange now, or some disease ye will all be catching.Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm
Mabel C. Hawley
Amid all the confusion and danger Mange's self-possession did not desert him.
Mange bowed in acknowledgment of this little tribute to himself.
Poor brute, she is a mass of mange and so skinny that her ribs stick out!Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
He had a little sore on his back that she soon found out was mange.Beautiful Joe
- an infectious disorder mainly affecting domestic animals, characterized by itching, formation of papules and vesicles, and loss of hair: caused by parasitic mites
Word Origin and History for mange
"skin disease of animals," early 15c., from Old French manjue "the itch," also "hunger, appetite; itching, longing," literally "the eating," verbal noun from a collateral form of Old French mangier "to eat" (Modern French manger) "to eat," from Late Latin manducare "to chew, eat," from manducus "glutton," from Latin mandere "to chew" (see mandible).
- Any of several chronic skin diseases of mammals caused by parasitic mites and characterized by skin lesions, itching, and loss of hair.