American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A highly contagious tropical disease that chiefly affects children, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue and characterized by raspberrylike sores, especially on the hands, feet, and face. Also called frambesia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contagious disease of the skin, endemic in many tropical regions: same as frambœsia.
- n. pathology A contagious tropical disease, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, which often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries.
- n. Plural form of yaw.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of yaw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several varieties of this disease, variously known as frambœsia, pian, verrugas, and crab-yaws.
- n. an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions
- From American Spanish yaya, sore, from Carib yaya, disease. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You must ask your examining surgeon if he is acquainted with the distemper of the yaws, which is the virus of”
“The cousin diseased causes yaws which is an infection caused by a sub-species of the same bacteria.”
“Mr Hayward said there were two curved friction marks, or "yaws", on the road where the car had spun out before hitting the barrier and coming to a rest on its side.”
“I also believe, after reading The Cruise of the Snark, Charmian's The Log of the Snark, and Martin Johnson's Through the South Seas With Jack London, that the tropical diseases London contracted while on the Snark voyage, especially yaws or "Solomon Island sores," and even moreso London's liberal treatment for them consisting of corrosive sublimate of mercury applied to the sores, ruined his kidneys and hastened his death eight years later.”
“One surgeon recorded the local treatment for the sores of yaws was to scrub until they bled freely before rubbing lime into them, at which "the strongest men have shrieked and yelled and even wept like children".”
“Except when wide yaws took it off its course, a bidarka was heading in for the beach.”
“Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a death is involved), references to African writers or intellectuals, mention of school-going children who are not suffering from yaws or Ebola fever or female genital mutilation.”
“But here we are, seven experienced fishermen, heatedly discussing the identity of a little brown-barred creature as the charter boat heaves and yaws, knocking everyone off balance.”
“Over the next five seconds, as those on the ground watch in disbelief, Aircraft 4 leans slightly right, then yaws left, sliding through the air like a car skidding through a curve.”
“They did, but only of a certain type: those diseases in which the host can remain infected for a long time, such as amoebic dysentery, leprosy, and yaws, or those diseases that have microbes that can maintain themselves in alternative hosts, like water or insects, such as schistosomiasis or yellow fever.”
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