- Veterinary Pathology. any of various diseases of cattle, as anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, and Texas fever.
- Obsolete. a plague or pestilence.
Origin of murrain
Examples from the Web for murrain
Historical Examples of murrain
May the murrain strike me if I can call to mind aught about her.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When your sheep died of the murrain you hung up their hides to dry—in the schoolhouse.The Day of Wrath
Some of them fell a prey to wild beasts—some died of the murrain.The Bush Boys
Captain Mayne Reid
There would have been above 3,000, had it not been for the murrain that was here.'History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Appendix
Disease had attacked the inhabitants of the hamlet, a murrain their cattle.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- any plaguelike disease in cattle
- a plague
Word Origin for murrain
"cattle plague," early 14c., from Anglo-French moryn, Old French moraine "pestilence" (12c.), probably from mourir "to die," from Latin mori (see mortal (adj.)).