[ mur-in ]
/ ˈmɜr ɪn /


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

1300–50; Middle English moreine, moryne < Middle French morine a plague, equivalent to mor(ir) to die (≪ Latin morī) + -ine -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈmʌrɪn) /

noun archaic

any plaguelike disease in cattle
a plague

Word Origin for murrain

C14: from Old French morine, from morir to die, from Latin morī
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Word Origin and History 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.)).

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