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swamp fever

noun Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
  1. leptospirosis.
  2. Also called infectious anemia of horses. an equine viral disease characterized by weakness and recurring fever, transmitted by contaminated food and water.
  3. malaria.
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Origin of swamp fever

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for swamp fever

Historical Examples

  • Watson's "cub pilot" he was, on the sick list, thin and weak with swamp-fever.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable

  • It was Barrett's fault the job wasn't a clean one, an' now he picks me out to get the swamp-fever.

  • The endemic diseases of the islands are swamp-fever, diarrhœa, beri-beri, and typhoid.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala


British Dictionary definitions for swamp fever

swamp fever

noun
  1. Also called: equine infectious anaemia a viral disease of horses characterized by recurring fever, staggering gait, and general debility
  2. US another name for malaria
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swamp fever in Medicine

swamp fever

(swŏmp)
n.
  1. malaria