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louping ill

[lou-ping, loh-, loo-] /ˈlaʊ pɪŋ, ˈloʊ-, ˈlu-/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
an acute viral disease of sheep affecting the nervous system, transmitted by a tick.
Origin of louping ill
1810-20; see loup2 Unabridged
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  • She would not be seen hirpling like a sheep with the louping-ill, and so she preferred to remain in bed and keep her dignity.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
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louping ill

/ˈlaʊpɪŋ; ˈləʊ-/
a viral disease of sheep causing muscular twitching and partial paralysis: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (Ixodes ricinus)
Word Origin
C18 louping, from loup²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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