milk sickness

[ milk-sik-nis ]

  1. a disease of humans, formerly common in some parts of the Midwestern and Southern United States, caused by consuming milk from cattle that have been poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot.

Origin of milk sickness

An Americanism first recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for milk sickness

milk sickness

  1. an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation, caused by ingestion of the flesh or dairy products of cattle affected with trembles

  2. vet science another name for trembles (def. 1)

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