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

  • n. An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain. Also called breakbone fever, dandy fever, dengue fever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An acute febrile disease of the tropics caused by a flavivirus, transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A specific epidemic disease attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; -- called also breakbone fever. It occurs in India, Egypt, the West Indies, etc., is of short duration, and rarely fatal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A febrile epidemic disease, occurring especially in the West Indies and the southern United States, characterized by severe pain, particularly in the joints, and an eruption somewhat. resembling that of measles. The attack is violent but brief, and is seldom fatal. Also called dandy, dandy-fever, breakbone fever.

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

  • n. an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints

Etymologies

American Spanish, alteration (influenced by dengue, affectation) of Swahili -dinga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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