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brain fever

Origin of brain fever
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for brain-fever
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  • The brain-fever bird or hawk cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius) is facile princeps.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Do you wish me to go into brain-fever before your eyes, just from worry?

    An Encore Margaret Deland
  • The common cuckoo of the hills is the hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius) or brain-fever bird.

  • I mean to get my remove at Christmas, if I get brain-fever over it.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • After her death he could not sleep at all, and brain-fever soon set in.

  • His daughter, a girl of seventeen, had died suddenly of brain-fever.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • The brain-fever bird (Hierococcyx varius)—most vociferous of the cuculine tribe—seems to require no sleep.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • I meant to have a brain-fever and die, and I feel better every minute.

  • Hardly had we taken the boy to us than he got the brain-fever, and for weeks lay on the brink of the grave.

  • It ended in brain-fever and other complications—a long and tedious illness.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
British Dictionary definitions for brain-fever

brain fever

inflammation of the brain or its covering membranes
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brain-fever in Medicine

brain fever n.
Inflammation of the brain or meninges.

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