There are 2 main definitions of pink eye in English:

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pink eye 1

Pronunciation: /ˈpɪŋk ʌɪ/

noun

[mass noun]
1Conjunctivitis in humans and some livestock.
Example sentences
  • The daycare has gently reminded me that pink eye is a stay-at-home-sickness which usually lasts about a week.
  • By her own admission, she's already given everyone pink eye.
  • Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get a cold or nasty eye infection such as pink eye.
2A viral disease of horses, symptoms of which include fever, abortion, and redness of the eyes.
  • The virus belongs to the genus Arterivirus
Example sentences
  • The horse disease known as "pink eye" has at last reached this city, and is causing the street railroad company especially a great deal of inconvenience.
  • The medicine is successfully used with quick healing results for Pink Eye and conjunctivitis in horses and cattle.
  • Pink eye in horses is more serious than in humans and can easily lead to blindness.
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There are 2 main definitions of pink eye in English:

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pink-eye 2

(also pink-hi)

noun

Australian
1A journey undertaken by an Aborigine in order to withdraw temporarily from white society and return to a more traditional lifestyle: they had quit their station jobs, and had gone on a hunting walkabout and a pink-eye
More example sentences
  • I discovered that the blacks insisted on a "pink-hi" or walkabout season - they could not live without it.
1.1(In extended use) a holiday or festivity: this year picnic was obviously going to be a successful pink-eye
More example sentences
  • Pearlers crowd away for a holiday — known as a 'pink-eye' in nor-west slang.
  • I heard it was quite a pink-eye.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Aboriginal pinkayi, from pinka 'hunting'.

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