murrain

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From Anglo-Norman mourine, moreyn, Middle French morine, ultimately from a form of Latin mori (to die).

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murrain (plural murrains)

  1. (archaic) Plague, infectious disease, pestilence.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iii:
      For heauen it selfe shall their successe enuy, / And them with plagues and murrins pestilent / Consume, till all their warlike puissaunce be spent.
  2. (now chiefly historical, veterinary medicine) Any of several highly infectious diseases of cattle such as anthrax.

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