red water


: any of several cattle diseases (such as Texas fever) characterized by hematuria

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In August, along a graded dirt road high in the Abajo Mountains of southeastern Utah, campers and hikers spotted a small stream of bright orange-red water. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 In the photos, wood benches line the sides of the locker room, a large image of soccer players in blue jerseys can be seen in the background and numerous green and red water bottles are littered on the floor. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2022 At Lake Merritt, the Water Board performed additional testing on Aug. 22 after residents reported seeing brownish-red water and water scum. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2022 That’s how eery red water ends up flowing out of the icy white glacier. Kathleen Rellihan, Outside Online, 14 May 2022 Less than 100 years ago the whaling business was thriving, the continent’s bay swirled with red water, and whales were almost hunted to extinction. Mary Holland, Robb Report, 1 May 2022 Spiral Jetty • Brian Footen waded out from the soupy red water of the Great Salt Lake’s north arm, his boat and bibs crusted in brine, his cockpit filled with foam, a wide toothy grin on his face. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Created by Polish artist Jerzy Kalina, the sculpture—titled Poisoned Well—shows the late pontiff lifting a boulder over his head, poised to throw it into a pool of red water. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 Along the Río Tinto in western Spain, layers of multicolored sediment combine with blood red water to produce an otherworldly effect. Popular Science, 13 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red water was in 1594

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“Red water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

red water

: any of several cattle diseases characterized by hematuria
especially : any of several babesioses (as Texas fever) in which hemoglobin released by the destruction of red blood cells appears in the urine

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