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Rfv-sense: "A disorder of sheep caused by worms in the liver". I bumped into this when trying to find fi-translations for the different senses of "core". This sense appears in 1913 Webster's, but more recent quotations are hard to find, except in dictionaries, in which the definition is mostly in its original Webster's form: "disorder of sheep occasioned by worms in the liver". The reason for listing this here is that I wasn't able to find the term in books specialized in sheep diseases. Might it be that Webster's has erred, or should this sense be tagged "archaic"? --Hekaheka 08:28, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
All I can find is this cite, in Lisle's Animal Husbandry (which uses a noun core referring to the disease, as well as an intransitive verb core meaning "to contract core", and an adjective or participle cored meaning roughly "having core"). A number of dictionaries refer to that cite, and I wonder if that's also the ultimate source of Webster's listing. —RuakhTALK 18:46, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
The OED has four citations, but I can't find the original source for the first one online, and the rest appear to be from dictionaries. Maybe there are alternate spellings that we aren't seeing. Nadando 19:03, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Might the disease be currently known as Fasciola hepatica or "common liver fluke"? The symptoms (anemia and oedema under tongue) described in Wikipedia and in "Animal husbandry" seem to match. Liver fluke is a common disease in sheep, and so appears core to be according to Lisle. --Hekaheka 20:31, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
The original for the OED's first cite is here. I take its sense to be (as the OED puts it) "a tumor characteristic of" core. —RuakhTALK 22:22, 25 April 2011 (UTC)