from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The jaundice.
  • noun In botany, a yellow appearance assumed by wheat and some other plants under the influence of prolonged exposure to moisture and cold.
  • noun [capitalized] In ornithology, a Brissonian (1760) genus of birds, approximately equivalent to the modern family Icteridæ; subsequently used with various limitations, or as conterminous with the subfamily Icterinæ; now restricted to the American orioles or hangnests, such as the Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula. The type is technically considered to be the troopial, Oriolus icterus (Linnæus), now called Icterus vulgaris. See cut under troopial.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of mammals.

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  • noun (Med.) The jaundice.

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  • noun medicine An excess of bile pigments in the blood; jaundice

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  • noun yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia
  • noun type genus of the Icteridae


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Greek ikteros.]

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From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἴκτερος (ikteros, "jaundice")


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  • Etymonline says: "jaundice," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek ikteros "jaundice," also the name of a yellowish bird the sight of which was supposed, by sympathetic magic, to cure jaundice (but the bird died).

    April 17, 2018

  • Icterus icterus, the Venezuelan troupial, is the national bird of Venezuela.

    April 17, 2018