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murrain

[ mur-in ]

noun

  1. Veterinary Pathology. any of various diseases of cattle, as anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, and Texas fever.
  2. Obsolete. a plague or pestilence.


murrain

/ ˈmʌrɪn /

noun

  1. any plaguelike disease in cattle
  2. a plague


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Word History and Origins

Origin of murrain1

1300–50; Middle English moreine, moryne < Middle French morine a plague, equivalent to mor ( ir ) to die (≪ Latin morī ) + -ine -ine 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of murrain1

C14: from Old French morine, from morir to die, from Latin morī

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Example Sentences

We are told that a murrain appeared among the cattle, without any preliminary step.

It is said by Whewell, that the murrain is supposed to have fallen only on the animals which were in the open pasture.

Virgil in the third Georgic speaks of a murrain among cattle.

When ye saw me here, so strangely seated, where I have neither right nor interest, what a murrain!

A murrain of cattle followed, and the poor were dying of hunger and pestilence.

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