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Meaning of MURRAIN

Pronunciation:  'murin

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any plaguelike disease of domestic animals

MURRAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: animal disease



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mur"rain\, n. [OE. moreine, OF. morine, fr. OF. morir,
    murir, 8die, L. mori, moriri.] (Far.)
    An infectious and fatal disease among cattle. --Bacon.
    {A murrain on you}, may you be afflicted with a pestilent
       disease. --Shak.
  2. \Mur"rain\, a.
    Having, or afflicted with, murrain.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. deber, "destruction," a "great mortality", the fifth plague that fell upon the Egyptians (Ex. 9:3). It was some distemper that resulted in the sudden and widespread death of the cattle. It was confined to the cattle of the Egyptians that were in the field (9:6).