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

  • n. A chronic, often fatal disease occurring chiefly in Asia, caused by the protozoan parasite (Leishmania donovani) and characterized by irregular fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and emaciation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. ‘The black sickness’; a fever of India marked by an intermittent or remittent stage and a stage of continued fever, with progressive anemia, prostration, and dropsy.

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

  • n. leishmaniasis of the viscera

Etymologies

Urdu kālā āzār : kālā, black (from Sanskrit kāla-; see Kali) + āzār, disease (from Persian, from Middle Persian, pain, torment, from āzārdan, āzār-, to torment : ā-, to + -zār-, to make angry).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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