mur·​rain | \ ˈmər-ən How to pronounce murrain (audio) , ˈmə-rən \

Definition of murrain

: a pestilence or plague especially affecting domestic animals

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Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise nature is outraged, floods will again sweep the land and murrains strike our cattle. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "E.U. Deal Clears Path for British Referendum on Membership FEB. 19, 2016," 19 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of murrain

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for murrain

Middle English moreyne, from Anglo-French morine, from morir to die, from Latin mori — more at murder

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“Murrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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