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ague

[ey-gyoo] /ˈeɪ gyu/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta
Related forms
aguelike, adjective
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  • Malaria was originally called ague or marsh fever because it emanated from warm-weather swamps.
British Dictionary definitions for ague

ague

/ˈeɪɡjuː/
noun
1.
a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
2.
a fit of shivering
Derived Forms
aguish, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute
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Word Origin and History for ague
n.

"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).

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ague in Medicine

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 in the Bible

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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