Definition of milk sickness in English:

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milk sickness

noun

A condition of cattle and sheep in the western US, caused by eating white snakeroot, which contains a toxic alcohol. It sometimes occurs in humans who have eaten meat or dairy products from affected animals.
Example sentences
  • Abraham's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of milk sickness in 1818 and was buried on this hill.
  • There used to be entire epidemics of milk sickness where people would be fine one day and dead the next.
  • Tremetol may be transmitted through the milk and butterfat to humans and other animals, causing milk sickness in them.

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Syllabification: milk sick·ness

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