from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bacterial disease of silkworms, supposed to be due to eating contaminated mulberry leaves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as flaccidity, 2.
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Pasteur found the silk-worm had been suffering from two diseases, pebrine and flacherie, and that the spread of these diseases could be prevented by careful segregation of healthy worms from those diseased.
As the result of five years 'work, Pasteur had restored the silk industry to its former position, and had shown that the microscopic examination of the moth laying the eggs to be hatched was a perfect safeguard against _pebrine_ and _flacherie_.
"disease," Pasteur discovered in 1867 that the mortality among the worms was in part due to another disease, the _flacherie_, and this he found was the result of imperfect digestion.
-- Translator.] that is into the glistening corpuscles first described and figured in my studies on silk-worm disease, in dealing with worms dead of the disease called "flacherie."