Recent Examples on the WebWith Covid keeping us at home, many ecologists are unaware of potentially the most important non-human epizootic occurring since white-nose.
Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 19 May 2020 African swine fever decimated the country’s pig population in 2019 in what lovers of Greek etymology would have insisted was an epizootic—relating to animals—and not an epidemic—relating to people.
Jacky Wong, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately an epizootic of African swine fever has recently wiped out at least a third of all the pigs in China.
The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019
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borrowed from French épizootique "pertaining to a disease affecting many animals at once," coinage modeled on épidemiqueepidemic entry 1, from Greek epi-epi- + zôion "animal" + French -otique-otic entry 1 — more at zoo-
The Oxford English Dictionary and Trésor de la Langue Française both treat épizootique as a derivative of épizootie, but the noun is attested later and is more likely a back-formation from the adjective, on the model of épidémique : épidémie.