• WordNet 3.6
    • n croup the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks
    • n croup a disease of infants and young children; harsh coughing and hoarseness and fever and difficult breathing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Croup (Med) An inflammatory affection of the larynx or trachea, accompanied by a hoarse, ringing cough and stridulous, difficult breathing; esp., such an affection when associated with the development of a false membrane in the air passages (also called membranous croup). See False croup, under False, and Diphtheria.
    • n Croup The hinder part or buttocks of certain quadrupeds, especially of a horse; hence, the place behind the saddle. "So light to the croup the fair lady he swung,
      So light to the saddle before her he sprung."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n croup A name applied to a variety of diseases in which there is some interference at the glottis with respiration. True or membranous croup is inflammation of the larynx (laryngitis) with fibrinous exudation forming a false membrane. Many if not all cases of true croup are diphtheritic in nature. False croup is simple or catarrhal laryngitis, not resulting in the formation of a membrane, but inducing at times spasm of the glottis. Spasmodic croup, or laryngismus stridulus, is a nervous affection characterized by attacks of laryngeal spasm independent of local irritation: popularly called crowing convulsions.
    • n croup The rump or buttocks of certain animals, especially of a horse; hence, the place behind the saddle.
    • n croup A hump or hunch on an animal's body.
    • croup To cry out; cry hoarsely; specifically, to cough hoarsely, as in croup.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Croup krōōp a severe disease in the throat of children, accompanied by a hoarse cough
    • v.i Croup to cry or speak hoarsely
    • n Croup krōōp the rump of a horse: the place behind the saddle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scot. croup, cf. croup, crowp, to croak, to cry or speak with a hoarse voice; cf. also LG. kropp, G. kropf, the crop or craw of a bird, and tumor on the anterior part of the neck, a wen, etc. Cf. Crop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. croupe, a protuberance; allied to Crop.


In literature:

The croup is an inflammation of the upper part, and the peripneumony of the lower part of the same organ, viz.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Others know it as a transient inconvenience, as the croup or measles of childhood; but in us it is obstinate and ineradicable as grave disease.
"Apologia Diffidentis" by W. Compton Leith
Death from an attack of croup, pure and simple, has probably never occurred.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The rider upon the croup was Frank Wingrove!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
If the colt's head is pulled in and his croupe driven out of the circle, mental sulks and muscular mischief must ensue.
"Hints on Horsemanship, to a Nephew and Niece" by George Greenwood
He's got croup, and is dying!
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
The second year you had an attack of croup.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
How's your poor croup?
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
In turning to the right, the whip may be made equally useful by driving out his croup to the left.
"The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual" by Anonymous
I 'low ye'll be havin' the croup again, lad, an you don't watch out.
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan

In poetry:

No more I don't, nor why that girl, whose dress is
Off of her shoulders, don't catch cold and die,
When you and me gets croup when WE undresses!
No more don't I!
"On The Landing" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Cocaine for Sore Throats, Chloroform for Asthma, and Kerosene for Croup: Medical Advice From 1910.
What's Going Around: Croup , Bronchitis, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.
Cocaine for Sore Throats, Chloroform for Asthma, and Kerosene for Croup : Medical Advice From 1910.
Well, the Croup Sucks Dexter caught a bout of the Croup .
' Croup ' (KROOP) is the name given to a variety of types of conditions that cause coughing and noisy breathing, usually in children under age three.
Croup is characterized by a loud, barking type of cough that can be caused either by an infection or an allergic response.
What's Going Around: Croup, diarrhea , common cold.
Early in his career, Dr Chanock identified several respiratory viruses, including the first virus known to cause croup, or coughing spasms, in babies.