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

 

pellagra

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//pəˈlæɡrə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlæɡrə//
 
[uncountable] Poverty and famine
 
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a disease caused by a lack of good food, that causes the skin to crack and may lead to mental illness See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Italian, from pelle ‘skin’, on the pattern of podagra.
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