Definition of yaws in English:

yaws

Syllabification: yaws
Pronunciation: /yôz
 
/

noun

[treated as singular]
A contagious disease of tropical countries, caused by a bacterium that enters skin abrasions and gives rise to small crusted lesions that may develop into deep ulcers. Also called frambesia.
  • The bacterium is the spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue
More example sentences
  • One of the most common was mercury, which had been used by the Arabs for centuries to treat leprosy and yaws.
  • Salversan also proved effective against other maladies such as yaws.
  • And that was the area of some of the first campaigns, the mass campaigns for penicillin, the yaws eradication.

Origin

late 17th century: probably from Carib yaya.

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