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noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. 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.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Pleuro-pneumonia is often an epizotic, as is also the rinderpest.

  • He does not care about anything else until the rinderpest comes.

  • But, unlike the English problem, rinderpest is not always with the Boer.

British Dictionary definitions for rinderpest


  1. an acute contagious viral disease of cattle, characterized by severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and diarrhoea
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Word Origin

C19: German: cattle pest
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