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

  • n. Mastitis of domestic animals, especially cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The throat.
  • n. An inflammation on a cow's udder.
  • n. A distemper in pigs accompanied by staggering and loss of appetite.
  • n. Obsolete form of poke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The throat.
  • n. A diseased condition of the udders of cows, etc., arising from an inflammation of the mammary glands.
  • n. A distemper in hogs, indicated by staggering and loss of appetite.
  • n. See Poke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The throat.
  • n. A swelling in the throat; specifically, a distemper in cattle, consisting in a swelling of the throat and the neighboring parts.
  • n. A hard, knotty condition of the udder in cows, which sometimes follows calving, due to the sudden distention of the bag with milk, the inflammation which ensues causing a congealed or congested condition of the milk, which, if neglected, brings suppuration and abscesses.
  • n. A distemper in hogs. See extracts under gargle.
  • n. An American name for Phytolacca decandra, commonly known as poke or pokeweed, which has emetic and cathartic properties, and has been employed in medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous


Perhaps from Middle English, throat, from Old French gargate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English garget, gargate, throat, Old French gargate. Compare gorge. (Wiktionary)



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