from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A highly infectious, usually fatal disease of rabbits that is caused by a pox virus and is characterized by many skin tumors similar to myxomas.
  • noun A condition characterized by the growth of many myxomas.

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  • noun (Biol.) a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits.

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  • noun A disease of rabbits.

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  • noun a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits


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  • Larkin's poem was first published in 1954, the year after Sage recalls myxomatosis first appearing in Hanmer.

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  • But even if everybody in the country had eaten rabbit three times a day it wouldn't have made a dent in the rabbit population, which went on increasing until a specifically anti-rabbit disease called myxomatosis was let loose

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  • A new disease usually runs rampant because human beings have introduced it inadvertently — or, in the case of the rabbit disease myxomatosis, deliberately.

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  • With the Nova bunny finally succumbing to myxomatosis last year, there has been a good number of people with nowhere to learn English.

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  • His studies on myxomatosis, which he helped introduce to invasive rabbit populations, proved groundbreaking for understanding how a virus can change to become less virulent, while infected populations can evolve immunities.

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  • In Britain, the large blue ultimately became extinct when traditional grazing ceased and myxomatosis killed off rabbits that once helped keep the grass short on the warm meadows favoured by the ants and the butterfly.

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  • One of the most vivid memories of those days is the year that the government introduced the hideous disease myxomatosis to control a plague of rabbits on the Sussex Downs.


  • But with his luck, any such rabbit would probably be struck down with myxomatosis.

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  • But with his luck, any such rabbit would probably be struck down with myxomatosis.

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  • Originally identified in laboratory rabbits in South America, the disease has been artificially introduced into Australia, Europe, and other localities to reduce rabbit populations.

    A slow, cruel way to die. Usage: 1972 R. ADAMS Watership Down ii. 8 "He had coolly...stood firm during the terrible onslaught of the myxomatosis."

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  • Australian slang: myxo.

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