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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trembles, milk sicknessnoun

    disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot

  2. milk sicknessnoun

    caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles


  1. Milk sickness

    Milk sickness, also known as tremetol vomiting or, in animals as trembles, is characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain that affects individuals who ingest milk, other dairy products, or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot, which contains the poison tremetol. Although very rare today, milk sickness claimed thousands of lives among European-American migrants to the Midwest in the early 19th century in the United States, especially in frontier areas along the Ohio River Valley and its tributaries where white snakeroot was prevalent, because the new settlers were unfamiliar with the plant and its properties. A notable victim was Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Nursing calves and lambs may have died from their mothers' milk contaminated with snakeroot, although the adult cows and sheep showed no signs of poisoning. Cattle, horses, and sheep are the animals most often poisoned. Anna Pierce Hobbs Bixby, called Dr. Anna on the frontier, is credited today by the American medical community with having identified white snakeroot as the cause of the illness. Told about the plant's properties by an elderly Shawnee woman she befriended, Bixby did testing to observe and document evidence, and wrote up her findings to share the discovery. The Shawnee woman's name has been lost to history.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Milk Sickness

    An acute, often fatal disease caused by the ingestion of milk, milk products, or the flesh of cattle or sheep which have a disease known as trembles. It is marked by weakness, anorexia, vomiting, constipation, and sometimes muscular tremors. It is caused by poisoning by white snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) and the rayless goldenrod (Haplopappus heterophyllus). (From Dorland, 27th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of milk sickness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of milk sickness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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