from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An enlarged and hardened spleen, the consequence of intermittent and remittent fevers.


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  • The plant was supposed when given medicinally to diminish the size of the enlarged spleen or "ague-cake."

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The spleen often becomes so enormously enlarged that it can be readily felt with the hand in the left side below the ribs, so that it is not only relied upon as a sign of malaria in doubtful cases, but has even received the popular name of the "ague-cake" in malarious districts.

    Preventable Diseases

  • "ague-cake," i.e. the throbbing enlarged spleen, left after fevers, especially those of Al-Hijáz and Khaybar.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Oh, Lord! yes, you don't often _see_ it, but it's as big and hard as a conscript's ague-cake. "

    The Cavalier


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