water sickness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English watersiknesse, wæterseocnesse, from Old English wætersēocnes (dropsy), equivalent to water +‎ sickness.

Noun[edit]

water sickness (uncountable)

  1. (rare, archaic) Dropsy.
    • 1809, Arthur Edmondston, A View of the Ancient and Present State of the Zetland Islands:
      Water sickness, or general dropsy, also frequently takes place among sheep.
    • 1908, British Medical Journal, page 999:
      For water sickness (dropsy), or stones in the bladder, the cure was elder (sambucus, B.P.), for which also it is claimed “all things which are generated on a man's body to loathe, it thoroughly will heal.”