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poll evil

noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. an acute swelling on the top of the head of a horse originating in an inflamed bursa that underlies the great neck ligament there.
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Origin of poll evil

First recorded in 1600–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • In poll-evil, if open, pulverize black bottle glass, put as much in each ear as will lay on a dime.

    The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses

    P. R. Kincaid

  • On these accounts, a seton passing through the base of the ulcer in poll-evil and fistulous withers is so beneficial.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • Now comes a horse that represents a collection of ringbones, and glanders, and poll-evil.

    The Battle of Principles

    Newell Dwight Hillis