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

  • n. See cold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal cavity, usually causing a running nose, nasal congestion and loss of smell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Nasal catarrh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, an acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nostrils, eyes, etc.; a cold in the head. See ozæna.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose (usually associated with nasal discharge)

Etymologies

Late Latin corȳza, from Greek koruza, catarrh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "'You can have croup by itself, so to speak, or as an early symptom of various other things.'

    'Such as?' Bree had a death grip on Jemmy....

    'Oh...' Claire seemed to be listening intently, but not to Bree. More to whatever was happening inside Jemmy, who had quit coughing and was lying exhausted against his mother's shoulder, breathing thickly in steam-engine gasps. 'Um ... coryza—that's only a common cold. Influenza. Asthma. Diphtheria. But it isn't that,' she added hurriedly."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 707

    January 26, 2010

  • "The planet Pluto is so far away, and isolated from the sun, it is said, that it produces coryza tempratures."
    --Angel Steinborn, Urban Dictionary

    Of course, Pluto isn't a planet anymore; it's been downgraded by astronomers to a dwarf planet, or minor planet. (I would prefer to call it a planetoid, just because I like the sound of that.) It's essentially a celestial snowball, probably with a rock in the center -- the kind of thing the bully down the street threw at you in when you were a kid, just because he hated your snowsuit.

    December 8, 2008