murrain

Part of speech: noun

An epidemic disease of cattle; plague.

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Usage examples "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)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  2. A murrain seize you for disturbing a holy man in his prayers! - "Robin Hood", 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", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.