ague

[ey-gyoo]
noun
1.
Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
2.
a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta

aguelike, adjective
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ague (ˈeɪɡjuː)
 
n
1.  a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
2.  a fit of shivering
 
[C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute]
 
'aguish
 
adj

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ague
"malarial fever," late 14c., from O.Fr. ague "an acute fever," from M.L. (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).
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ague a·gue (ā'gyōō)
n.

  1. A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.

  2. A chill or fit of shivering.

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Ague definition


the translation in Lev. 26:16 (R.V., "fever") of the Hebrew word kaddah'ath, meaning "kindling", i.e., an inflammatory or burning fever. In Deut. 28:22 the word is rendered "fever."

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Malaria was originally called ague or marsh fever because it emanated from warm-weather swamps.
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