Definitions

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

  • n. An often fatal infectious disease of domestic animals, especially horses, caused by the trypanosome (Trypanosoma evansi) and usually transmitted by biting insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A malarial disease of horses in India, characterized by the presence of monad-like bodies in the blood.

Etymologies

Marathi sūra, sound of heavy breathing through nostrils, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In Southern Asia and in parts of Africa there is a very serious disease of horses known as surra which is caused by a similar parasite

    Insects and Diseases A Popular Account of the Way in Which Insects may Spread or Cause some of our Common Diseases

  • They are the most satisfactory draught-animals ever introduced and, but for the fear of the new disease "surra," might take the place of buffaloes in agriculture.

    The Philippine Islands

  • Unfortunately, prices of everything have risen since 1898, and, moreover, a fatal horse-disease, called "surra," unknown in the Islands before that period, has considerably reduced the stock of ponies.

    The Philippine Islands

  • Islamic scholars can emphasize that the Quran clearly teaches that no one can be punished on account of the actions of others (surra 6, verse 164).

    A Muslim Response to Quran Burning

  • Jag längtar efter att komma ner till Malmö och få liksom surra runt lite i all din kreativitet och framgång, dricka lite kaffe på studion.

    This has happened:

  • Minu Ninetta, surra maikuus ci vuole tanto troppo coraggio see vajab liig palju vaprust

    tatsutahime Diary Entry

  • He was guilty of the most flagrant acts of injustice; he oppressed the pilgrims, extorted money from them, confiscated the property of all the hadjys and foreigners who died here, withheld the surra brought from

    Travels in Arabia

  • At present the surra is misapplied, and serves only to feed a swarm of persons in a state of complete idleness, while the poor are left destitute, and not the smallest encouragement is given to industry.

    Travels in Arabia

  • He likewise fixed the surra from Constantinople, or, as it is called, the Greek surra, at thirty-one thousand ducats per annum.

    Travels in Arabia

  • The Hadj caravans now ceased; few pilgrims arrived by way of Yembo; Saoud, soon after, prohibited the passage to the town to all Turkish pilgrims; and the surra or stipends were of course withheld.

    Travels in Arabia

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