Definitions

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

  • noun A disease of herbivores, especially sheep, caused by the presence of larvae of the tapeworm Taenia multiceps in the brain and resulting in a staggering gait.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Staggers in sheep, a disease caused by a cystic worm in the brain, formerly called Cœnurus cerebralis, now known to be the larva of the dog's tapeworm, Tœnia cœnurus. Also called giddiness and sturdy.
  • noun The jack-snipe.

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

  • noun A disease of sheep, characterized by vertigo; the staggers. It is caused by the presence of the C�nurus, a larval tapeworm, in the brain. See c�nurus.

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

  • noun A disease of sheep caused by tapeworm.
  • noun obsolete A fiddle.

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from giddy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Compare Old French gigue. See jig (noun).

Examples

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  • brain disease suffered by sheep

    October 16, 2007

  • And even it seemed that I too was not a reasonable creature, but only an animal tormented with some strange disorder in its brain which sent it to wander alone, like a sheep stricken with gid.

    - H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau

    July 8, 2009