• WordNet 3.6
    • n rinderpest an acute infectious viral disease of cattle (usually fatal); characterized by fever and diarrhea and inflammation of mucous membranes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rinderpest rĭn"dẽr*pĕst A highly contagious distemper or murrain, affecting neat cattle, and less commonly sheep and goats; -- called also cattle plague Russian cattle plague, and steppe murrain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rinderpest An acute infectious disease of cattle, appearing occasionally among sheep, and communicable to other ruminants. In western Europe the disease has prevailed from time to time since the fourth century in extensive epizoötics. From its home on the steppes of eastern Russia and central Asia it has been carried westward by the great migrations and later by the transportation of cattle. The losses in Europe have been enormous. Thus, in 1711-14 1,500,000 beeves are said to have perished, and in 1870-1 30,000 beeves in France alone. The infection (the precise nature of which has not yet been definitely determined) may be transmitted directly by sick animals or indirectly by manure, or by persons and animals going from the sick to the well. It may be carried a short distance in the air. Its vitality is retained longest in the moist condition. The disease, after a period of incubation of from three to six days, begins with high temperature, rapid pulse, and cessation of milk-secretion. This latent period is followed by a congestion of all the visible mucous membranes, on which small erosions or ulcers subsequently develop. About 90 per cent. of all attacked die in from four to seven days after the appearance of the disease. If the animal survives, one attack confers a lasting immunity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rinderpest rin′dėr-pest a malignant and contagious disease of cattle.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., fr. rind, pl. rinder, cattle + pest, pest, plague
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger., 'cattle-plague.'


In literature:

The buffalo has recovered from the slaughter by rinderpest only in time to meet the onset of oversea sportsmen.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
When the rinderpest appears, governors issue proclamations.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
If there happens to be rinderpest on the next farm to his, he is never contented until he gets his full share.
"The Boer in Peace and War" by Arthur M. Mann
It is deeply to be regretted that Lord Southesk's fine herd suffered so heavily by the rinderpest.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
Rinderpest, or some other incomprehensible disease, affected and decimated the imported herds.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
An outbreak of rinderpest, a disease hitherto unknown in Southern Africa, came down from the North and ravaged the cattle herds.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Sick, too, and coughing like a sheep with the rinderpest.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
With some cattle diseases, such as anthrax, rinderpest, and pleuropneumonia, preventive inoculation is resorted to in some countries.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Only do it before the rinderpest has swept me clean.
"In the Whirl of the Rising" by Bertram Mitford
Even Crosse here has a better time of it going around sniffing out rinderpest.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
Canada is entirely free from rinderpest, pleuro-pneumonia and foot-and-mouth disease.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
As soon as they were immune from anthrax, the reduced corps were attacked by rinderpest, which carried off seventy.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
From south to north this great portion of the globe was swept by the Teutonically-named Rinderpest.
"The Khedive's Country" by George Manville Fenn
Then he lost all his cattle by rinderpest.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
The rinderpest came closer and closer.
"Between Sun and Sand" by William Charles Scully
Ever since the rinderpest broke out they've been queer.
"The Claw" by Cynthia Stockley
And so it continued till 1896, when the rinderpest swept off nine-tenths of the koodoos, elands and buffalo.
"Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O." by J.G. Millais
As an ox he brought rinderpest.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
The Gadbas worship Burhi Mata or Thakurani Mata, who is the goddess of smallpox and rinderpest.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Cures for infectious sheep disease or for rinderpest amongst the cattle are opposed as contravening the intentions of Providence.
"South Africa and the Boer-British War, Volume I" by J. Castell Hopkins

In news:

Rinderpest, Scourge of Cattle, Is Vanquished.
BEGONE Dr William P Taylor, in 1987 in Sudan, examined a cow for rinderpest.
A cow licks its muzzle in Padukka, Sri Lanka, where the UN has worked to eradicate rinderpest.
Like smallpox, rinderpest settled into a pattern of irregularly recurring pandemics, sometimes touched off by imports of Russian steppe cattle, in which the disease smoldered but rarely killed.
In only the second elimination of a disease in history, rinderpest — a virus that used to kill cattle by the millions, leading to famine and death among humans — has been declared wiped off the face of the earth.
Rinderpest , Scourge of Cattle, Is Vanquished.
BEGONE Dr William P Taylor, in 1987 in Sudan, examined a cow for rinderpest .
A cow licks its muzzle in Padukka, Sri Lanka, where the UN has worked to eradicate rinderpest .
The end of rinderpest .
Indeed, the world has already achieved the great triumphs of eradication of smallpox in 1979 and rinderpest in 2011.
I was somewhat surprised a couple of weeks ago that the report that rinderpest had been eradicated got so little attention.
Scientist Robert Koch holding a post-mortem on an ox thought to have died of rinderpest, circa 1900.
Sep 14, 2012 — Enlisting nomadic African herders finally helped the world eliminate the cattle plague rinderpest.