from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fatal progressive, degenerative neurological disease caused by a slow-acting virus, found in certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by cannibalism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chronic, progressive, fatal central nervous system disease found mainly among the Fore and neighboring peoples of New Guinea, caused by a prion that probably resembles the scrapie agent of sheep, transmissible to nonhuman primates, and believed to be transmitted by ritual cannibalism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned
Fore (language of eastern Papua New Guinea).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Fore, literally meaning ‘shaking death’. (Wiktionary)