bluetongue

noun
blue·​tongue | \ ˈblü-ˌtəŋ How to pronounce bluetongue (audio) \

Definition of bluetongue

: a virus disease chiefly of sheep that is marked by hyperemia, cyanosis, and by swelling and sloughing of the mucous membranes especially about the mouth and tongue and is caused by a reovirus (species Bluetongue virus of the genus Orbivirus)

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2007, the bluetongue virus—a disease spread by midge bites—began to sweep through herds of sheep and cattle across Europe. Popular Science, "Vets, farmers, and zookeepers can help prevent the next pandemic," 20 May 2020 It is caused by two different viruses: epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHD) and bluetongue virus. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Hemorrhagic disease found in Kentucky deer and numbers are expected to keep growing," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bluetongue

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Bluetongue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bluetongue. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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bluetongue

noun
blue·​tongue | \ ˈblü-ˌtəŋ How to pronounce bluetongue (audio) \

Medical Definition of bluetongue

: a noncontagious virus disease especially of sheep that is caused by a reovirus of the genus Orbivirus (species Bluetongue virus) transmitted by biting flies of the genus Culicoides and that is characterized by hyperemia and cyanosis and by swelling and sloughing of the mucous membranes especially about the mouth and tongue

called also soremuzzle

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