from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acute, now rare disease characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain that affects individuals who eat dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot.
- n. See tremble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A condition, with trembling and vomiting, caused by ingestion of milk, meat, etc. from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot, which contains the poison tremetol.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See milk sickness in the vocabulary.
- A peculiar malignant disease, occurring in parts of the western United States, and affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and persons using the meat or dairy products of infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are uncontrollable vomiting, obstinate constipation, pain, and muscular tremors. Its origin in cattle has been variously ascribed to the presence of certain plants in their food, and to polluted water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A malignant disease, occurring in some parts of the United States, which affects certain kinds of farm stock, and also persons who eat the flesh or dairy products of cattle so infected.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot
- n. caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles
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