from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cattle.
  • n. An exanthemous disease caused by a parapox virus, occurring primarily in sheep and goats but also capable of infecting humans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bright-colored domesticated variety of the id. See id.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cattle.


From Middle English, from Old English orf ("cattle, livestock"), akin to Old English ierfe ("inheritance, livestock, cattle"). More at erf. (Wiktionary)



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  • Also scabby mouth or contagious ecthyma, a disease of sheep that mostly affects yearling lambs.

    February 18, 2010

  • It's also the state TV broadcaster in Austria. Never knew this was an English word, so that's kind of hilarious...

    February 27, 2009

  • contagious pustular dermatosis - caused by a pox virus, this is a zoonosis caught from sheep - an occupational hazard for farmers and veterinarians. It is self-limiting but unpleasant and painful.

    July 24, 2008

  • Also the abbreviation for the Norfolk, VA airport. (Just thought I'd throw that out there.)

    October 16, 2007

  • viral infection of sheep

    October 16, 2007