Definition of dengue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdeŋɡi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeŋɡi//
(also dengue fever, breakbone fever) [uncountable]
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a disease caused by a virus carried by mosquitoes, that is found in tropical areas and causes fever and severe pain in the joints Word Originearly 19th cent.: from West Indian Spanish, from Kiswahili dinga (in full kidingapopo), influenced by Spanish dengue ‘fastidiousness’ (with reference to the dislike of movement by affected patients).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dengue