|a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
puerperal fever n.
An illness caused by infection of the endometrium following childbirth or an abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever.