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

  • n. An acute, often fatal, contagious viral disease, chiefly of cattle, characterized by ulceration of the alimentary tract and resulting in diarrhea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a contagious disease of ruminants and swine caused by an RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A highly contagious distemper or murrain, affecting neat cattle, and less commonly sheep and goats; -- called also cattle plague, Russian cattle plague, and steppe murrain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An acute infectious disease of cattle, appearing occasionally among sheep, and communicable to other ruminants.

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

  • n. an acute infectious viral disease of cattle (usually fatal); characterized by fever and diarrhea and inflammation of mucous membranes


German : Rinder, genitive pl. of Rind, head of cattle, ox (from Middle High German rint, from Old High German hrind; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots) + Pest, plague (from Latin pestis).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Rinderpest ("cattle plague"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Fine, fine. I guess I just nominated myself, didn't I?

    June 22, 2015

  • I was going to yoink this for my cattle list, but I see that it's already there. Now I'm wondering whether there are any bison or buffalo lists anywhere--excuse me while I roam off to where the deer and the antelope play.

    June 22, 2015

  • Rinderpest (also cattle plague or steppe murrain) is an infectious viral disease of cattle, domestic buffalo, and some other species of even-toed ungulates, including buffaloes, large antelope and deer, giraffes, wildebeests, and warthogs.

    Smallpox is one of two infectious diseases to have been eradicated, the other being rinderpest, which was declared eradicated in 2011.

    June 22, 2015

  • Really? Now who will pester the rinders?

    November 16, 2010

  • Now declared eradicated, according to this article in the NY Times.

    November 9, 2010

  • Walter Plowright, 86, the British veterinarian who discovered a vaccine that has almost totally eliminated the cattle disease rinderpest, died Feb. 19 (2010) in London. {Washington Post, March 23, 2010)

    March 28, 2010

  • Usage on bongo.

    September 22, 2008

  • Science 21 March 2008:
    Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1606 - 1609
    DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5870.1606

    March 21, 2008