Part of speech: noun

An epidemic catarrhal disease.

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Usage examples "influenza":

  1. I hope- oh, I do hope, it is not influenza. - "Doctor Luttrell's First Patient", Rosa Nouchette Carey.
  2. It was a bitter shock and disappointment, and when he got back to New York in November, in the middle of an epidemic, he was struck down by influenza and pneumonia. - "Marriage à la mode", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. For some time past the men at the fort had been subject to rather severe attacks of cold, or a species of influenza. - "Ungava", R.M. Ballantyne.