from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or resembling croup.
  • Affected with or predisposed to croup; also, somewhat sick with croup; having false croup: as, a croupy child.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to croup; resembling or indicating croup.

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  • adjective Of, pertaining to, suggestive of, or caused by croup.

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  • adjective resembling or arising from or indicating croup


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