surra

[ soo r-uh ]
/ ˈsʊər ə /
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noun Veterinary Pathology.

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

  • Surra is a wet-weather disease, occurring chiefly during or immediately after heavy rainfalls, floods, or inundations.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
  • 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 in equines and camels is said to be an invariably fatal disease, but cattle occasionally recover from it.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for surra

surra

/ (ˈsʊərə) /

noun

a tropical febrile disease of cattle, horses, camels, and dogs, characterized by severe emaciation: caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma evansi and transmitted by fleas

Word Origin for surra

from Marathi
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