- an acute, usually fatal infectious disease of cattle, sheep, etc., caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus and characterized by high fever, diarrhea, and lesions of the skin and mucous membranes.
Origin of rinderpest
1860–65; < German, equivalent to Rinder cattle (plural of Rind) + Pest pestilence
Also called cattle plague.
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Examples from the Web for rinderpest
Every mile now began to show the grisly, stinking signs of rinderpest.The Matabele Campaign
R. S. S. Baden-Powell
Rinderpest has about done for us all, and bar that the whole show has been as dry as chips.John Ames, Native Commissioner
Pleuro-pneumonia is often an epizotic, as is also the rinderpest.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
He does not care about anything else until the rinderpest comes.
But, unlike the English problem, rinderpest is not always with the Boer.
- an acute contagious viral disease of cattle, characterized by severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and diarrhoea
C19: German: cattle pest
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