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louping-ill

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaʊpɪŋɪl
 
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Definition of louping-ill in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A viral disease attacking animals, especially sheep, which is transmitted by ticks and causes staggering and jumping.
Example sentences
  • This includes a blood-borne virus called louping-ill which is 80 per cent fatal to birds and found on the North York Moors.

Origin

late Middle English: from loup (because of the symptom of spasmodic jumping) + the noun ill.

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