from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A disease of cattle, also called
hemoglobinuria, or hemoglobinemia, because the coloring matter (hemoglobin) of the red blood-corpuscles which have been broken up in the system appears in the urine, and imparts to it a pale-red or a dark-red, port-wine color.
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- noun Alternative spelling of
red water. (disease of cattle)
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Statistics from the government veterinary laboratory in Manzini which were and published in Thursday's Times of Swaziland newspaper revealed 5442 cattle had died from various animal diseases, including "redwater", in December last year.
Cases of "redwater" disease, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of cattle in various parts of Swaziland in recent months, were still spreading, veterinary services director Dr Robert Thwala on Thursday confirmed.
Pharaoh told us it had been walking round and round in a circle as cattle in the last stage of redwater generally do.
It was of a piece with his accustomed behaviour for the one in question to break out -- on purpose probably -- with redwater just when a lion had walked off with his herd.
"Well, it was no use crying as I should almost have liked to do, because if this ox had redwater it was probable that the rest of them had it too, although they had been sold to me as 'salted,' that is, proof against such diseases as redwater and lungsick.