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ˈmɜr ɪnmur·rain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. murrainnoun

    any disease of domestic animals that resembles a plague

Wiktionary

  1. murrainnoun

    Plague, infectious disease, pestilence.

    Etymology: From mourine, moreyn, morine, ultimately from a form of mori.

  2. murrainnoun

    Any of several highly infectious diseases of cattle such as anthrax.

    Etymology: From mourine, moreyn, morine, ultimately from a form of mori.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murrainnoun

    an infectious and fatal disease among cattle

    Etymology: [OE. moreine, OF. morine, fr. OF. morir, murir, 8die, L. mori, moriri.]

  2. Murrainadjective

    having, or afflicted with, murrain

    Etymology: [OE. moreine, OF. morine, fr. OF. morir, murir, 8die, L. mori, moriri.]

Freebase

  1. Murrain

    Murrain is an antiquated term for various infectious diseases affecting cattle and sheep. It literally means "death" and was used in medieval times to represent just that. The population of that era had no way of identifying specific diseases in their livestock so they simply put all illnesses under one heading. Murrain does not refer to any specific disease but was an umbrella term for a number of different diseases, including rinderpest, erysipelas, foot-and-mouth disease, anthrax, and streptococcus infections. Some of the diseases could also affect humans. The term murrain was also used generally to refer to an epidemic of such a disease. There were major sheep and cattle murrains in Europe during the 14th century, which combined with the Little Ice Age resulted in widespread famine during the Great Famine of 1315-1317, weakening the population of Europe before the onset of the Black Death in 1348. The term murrain is also used in some Bible translations relating to the fifth plague brought upon Egypt. Exodus 9:3: "Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Murrain

    mur′rān, or -′rin, n. an infectious and fatal disease among cattle, esp. foot-and-mouth disease.—n. Mur′ren (Milt.). [O. Fr. morine, a carcass—L. mori, to die. See Mortal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of murrain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of murrain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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