from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Dark vomit consisting of digested blood and gastric contents.
  • noun Severe yellow fever with symptomatic regurgitation of dark vomited matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Med.) A copious vomiting of dark-colored matter; or the substance so discharged; -- one of the most fatal symptoms in yellow fever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A blackish matter, resembling coffee grounds and due to hæmorrhage, vomited in severer cases of yellow fever; also, the disease of yellow fever itself.

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  • noun caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito


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  • Another name for yellow fever; usage on yellow jack.

    March 19, 2008

  • Eeeew.

    March 19, 2008

  • I'm sorry, trivet. I defined it because I forgot to when I listed it, and it deserved a definition. I think it refers to the very last stages of the fever.

    March 19, 2008

  • Oh - no worries, c_b. Tropical diseases are just so extreme. All those fevers and worms that crawl around under your skin... *shudder*

    March 19, 2008

  • Not to be confused with the holly species Ilex vomitoria, the source of a brewed infusion used by native Americans in its range, for purification and unity rituals, called by exploring Europeans the black drink. Vomiting, referring to to the species epithet vomitoria), may have been observed in drinkers who reacted to the high caffeine content of the drink, or to the actual volume of the drink taken.

    January 11, 2009