mur·​rain ˈmər-ən How to pronounce murrain (audio)
: a pestilence or plague especially affecting domestic animals

Examples of murrain in a Sentence

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, 19 Feb. 2016

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of murrain was in the 14th century

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“Murrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mur·​rain ˈmər-ən How to pronounce murrain (audio)
: a disease that spreads among domestic animals or plants

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