from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any fever transmitted through the agency of ticks. Some of these fevers attack man, as the so-called spotted fever of the Rocky Mountains; others cattle, as Texas fever. They are due to the presence in the blood of some form of micro-organism, the species varying with the different diseases.
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And after Barry came his son “Scoot,” who died in his prime after a week’s illness, attributed rightly or wrongly to tick-fever.