from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various highly infectious diseases of cattle, as anthrax.
- n. Obsolete A pestilence or dire disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plague, infectious disease, pestilence.
- n. Any of several highly infectious diseases of cattle such as anthrax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An infectious and fatal disease among cattle.
- adj. Having, or afflicted with, murrain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease affecting domestic animals, especially cattle; a cattle-plague or epizoötic disease of any kind; in a more limited sense, the same as foot-and-mouth disease (which see, under foot).
- Affected with murrain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any disease of domestic animals that resembles a plague
Egyptian cattle suffered a "murrain" -- with no apparent cause other than a divine curse.
The disease was called murrain or distemper, and its malignity known, but not for a century was the cause ascertained and direct effort made for cure and eradication.
What the murrain is the matter now — Arc yoir not aQiam*d, wife, to dcficoy things wilfully thus — when thou knoweft how chargeable necefiaries arc Begone Jeremy, and mind the fliop.
The 'murrain' was so deadly to oxen and sheep that, according to Walsingham, dogs and ravens eating them dropped down dead.
When that nomenclature crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1869, Harper’s Weekly put it that Liverpool was informing the State Department that “a contagion called murrain, or hoof-and-mouth disease, has broken out.”
That is why I say that the murrain was the best friend that the borel folk ever had.
That is why I say that the murrain was the best friend that the borel folk ever had. "
The cattle murrain in Upper Egypt continued to rage, long past the season when it normally abated; virtually all the cattle in Luxor had been infected now and were dead or dying.
There was such a severe murrain among the cattle on this expedition that it almost happened that not a single beast was left for such a large army but all died, to the last head.
“A murrain on thee, thou lazy losel!” said Rudolph — “Thou art the only sluggard of thy kyn.”