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rinderpest

[rin-der-pest] /ˈrɪn dərˌpɛst/
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.
Also called cattle plague.
Origin of rinderpest
1860-1865
1860-65; < German, equivalent to Rinder cattle (plural of Rind) + Pest pestilence
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  • And so it continued till 1896, when the rinderpest swept off nine-tenths of the koodoos, elands and buffalo.

  • Every mile now began to show the grisly, stinking signs of rinderpest.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • This greatly angered the natives, as also the rinderpest, which came later and swept off many of the remaining cattle.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson
  • rinderpest has about done for us all, and bar that the whole show has been as dry as chips.

  • Here were collected some two hundred waggons, stopped by loss of all their oxen from rinderpest.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • He does not care about anything else until the rinderpest comes.

    The Boer in Peace and War Arthur M. Mann
  • Pleuro-pneumonia is often an epizotic, as is also the rinderpest.

  • The buffalo has recovered from the slaughter by rinderpest only in time to meet the onset of oversea sportsmen.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He is one of those mysterious dispensations like the cholera, rinderpest and trichiniasis which only future ages may appreciate.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • The rinderpest had taken firm root in the land, and was in a fair way of clearing it of horned cattle from end to end.

British Dictionary definitions for rinderpest

rinderpest

/ˈrɪndəˌpɛst/
noun
1.
an acute contagious viral disease of cattle, characterized by severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and diarrhoea
Word Origin
C19: German: cattle pest
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