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glanders Syllabification: gland·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlandərz/

Definition of glanders in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
A rare contagious disease that mainly affects horses, characterized by swellings below the jaw and mucous discharge from the nostrils.
  • This disease is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas mallei
Example sentences
  • The Germans used anthrax and glanders against the horses and mules of the US Army and its Allies in World War I.
  • Work was in progress, too, on other agents like brucellosis and glanders as well as on chemicals against plants, classified at the time as a form of biological, not chemical, warfare.
  • In the first world war attempts were made to infect horses with glanders, and throughout history invading armies have poisoned wells and other water sources.


Late 15th century: from Old French glandre (see gland1).

Words that rhyme with glanders

Landers, Randers, sanders
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