plural -s
: inoculation with virus from sheep pox : ovination

Word History


French clavelisation, from claveliser to clavelize (inoculate with sheep virus) (from clavelée sheep pox, from Middle French, from clavel, from Late Latin clavellus nail-shaped pustule, diminutive of Latin clavus nail) + -ation

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“Clavelization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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