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- adjective Of or relating to a swamp; marshy.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to marshes; marshy. Also palustral, palustrial, palustrine.
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- adjective rare Of or pertaining to marshes or fens; marshy.
- adjective malarial fever; -- so called because generated in marshy districts.
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- adjective pertaining to
marshes, marshy, palustral, especially designating a plant's habitat
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It is sometimes called paludal fever, and at others la grippe, and it is epidemic rather than contagious.
Traité des fièvres palustres (Treatise on paludal fevers) and I returned to it on several occasions.
Unfortunately the investigations undertaken for this end have for a long time been fruitless, for the preconceived paludal theory has led investigators to occupy themselves exclusively with the inferior organisms inhabiting marshes.
Lancisi was completely imbued with the paludal notion, and consequently believed that the very severe malaria of Cistema was brought by the winds from the coast marshes, instead of being produced in the soil surrounding the district, which was then covered by this forest.
This word, therefore, is the one best suited to designate this specific ferment in question, and I have on this account, employed it and its adjectival derivatives in order not to resuscitate the idea of the exclusively paludal origin of the morbific agent.
It was only in 1879 that Klebs and myself, after having been thoroughly freed, by a long series of preparatory studies, from the unfortunate paludal idea, undertook together some investigations in malarious districts of the most varied character, marshy and not marshy.
We owe to it the fact that we have been liberated from the paludal idea, and furthermore, that we have learned that it is often better, instead of trying to prevent the importation, for the most part imaginary, of malaria from distant marshes, to suppress its production in the soil under our feet or in that immediately surrounding us.
As long as the paludal theory held sway, the chemical interpretation of this identity of the product in every latitude was easy.
I reject, therefore, wholly the paludal assumption, and in order to express this view in the title of my paper, have been forced to employ terms which to my hearers may sound like italicisms.
But in accordance with the idea that malaria is a product of paludal decomposition, the trees selected have almost always been the _eucalyptus_.