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



BrE BrE//ˈænθræks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænθræks//
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a serious disease that affects sheep and cows and sometimes people, and can cause death Word Originlate Middle English: Latin, ‘carbuncle’, swelling under the skin (the earliest sense in English), from Greek anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal, carbuncle’, with reference to the skin ulceration in humans.
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