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

  • n. An acute, infectious, often fatal viral disease of most warm-blooded animals, especially wolves, cats, and dogs, that attacks the central nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of infected animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A viral disease that causes acute encephalitis in warm-blooded animals and people, characterised by abnormal behaviour such as excitement, aggressiveness, and dementia, followed by paralysis and death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as hydrophobia (b); canine madness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extremely fatal infectious disease of man and many other animals, with predominant nervous symptoms.

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

  • n. an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain


Latin rabiēs, rage, from rabere, to rave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rabiēs ("rage, madness, fury"), from rabiō ("I am angry, I am mad, I rave"). (Wiktionary)



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