What does the word murrain mean?

Usage examples for murrain

  1. Soon there was scarcely a county in which some of the Quorum did not smile contemptuously when an old woman was brought before them for riding on broomsticks or giving cattle the murrain. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. A murrain seize you for disturbing a holy man in his prayers! – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  3. Thou deemest thyself wiser than we are; we wretched hags, whom the ceorl seeks when his herd has the murrain, or the girl when her false love forsakes her; we, who have no dwelling known to man; but are found at need in the wold or the cave, or the side of dull slimy streams where the murderess- mother hath drowned her babe. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton