2 [wawr-buhl]
noun Veterinary Pathology.
a small, hard tumor on a horse's back, produced by the galling of the saddle.
a lump in the skin of an animal's back, containing the larva of a warble fly.

1575–85; origin uncertain; compare obsolete Swedish varbulde boil

warbled, adjective
unwarbled, adjective
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warble1 (ˈwɔːbəl)
1.  to sing (words, songs, etc) with trills, runs, and other embellishments
2.  (tr) to utter in a song
3.  (US) another word for yodel
4.  the act or an instance of warbling
[C14: via Old French werbler from Germanic; compare Frankish hwirbilōn (unattested), Old High German wirbil whirlwind; see whirl]

warble2 (ˈwɔːbəl)
1.  a small lumpy abscess under the skin of cattle caused by infestation with larvae of the warble fly
2.  a hard tumorous lump of tissue on a horse's back, caused by prolonged friction of a saddle
[C16: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.N.Fr. werbler "to sing with trills and quavers," from Frank. *werbilon (cf. O.H.G. wirbil "whirlwind," Ger. Wirbel "whirl, whirlpool, tuning peg, vertebra," M.Du. wervelen "to turn, whirl"); see whirl. The noun meaning "tune, melody" is recorded from c.1300.
Warbler applied to Old World songbirds (1773), in North America to birds that look like them but sing little (1783).
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