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  1. an infectious disease of silkworms, characterized by a black spotting of the integument and by stunted growth, caused by the protozoan Nosema bomycis.
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Origin of pebrine

1865–70; < French < Provençal pebrino literally, peppery, with reference to the black spots. See pepper, -ine1
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Historical Examples of pebrine

  • Pasteur showed that the failure of the silkworm was not due to one disease, but to two diseases--pebrine and flacherie.

    Makers of Modern Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • The disease of silkworms, known as Pebrine, was spreading with ruinous rapidity in France.

    The Fertility of the Unfit

    William Allan Chapple

  • Pebrine soon reached Cyprus and almost brought the Island breed to an end.