ship fever

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See also: ship-fever

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It was once common in the crowded conditions on ships.

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ship fever (uncountable)

  1. A form of typhus fever.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, ch. 21:
      "No fear of scurvy or ship fever this voyage. What with the ship's surgeon and this other doctor, our only danger will be from drug or pill."

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