- an often fatal infectious disease of horses, camels, elephants, and dogs caused by a blood-infecting protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma evansi, transmitted by the bite of horseflies, characterized by fever, anemia, and emaciation.
Origin of surra
First recorded in 1885–90, surra is from the Marathi word sūra heavy breathing sound
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Examples from the Web for surra
Oh, surra bit o' me knows a word she's sayin', though it's mighty like the Irish of a Connaught man.Cedar Creek
Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Surra is a wet-weather disease, occurring chiefly during or immediately after heavy rainfalls, floods, or inundations.
Surra in equines and camels is said to be an invariably fatal disease, but cattle occasionally recover from it.
- a tropical febrile disease of cattle, horses, camels, and dogs, characterized by severe emaciation: caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma evansi and transmitted by fleas