amaas, noun2

Origin:
Xhosa, DutchShow more Perhaps from Xhosa imasisi measles, adaptation of Dutch maselen.
Pathology
A mild disease caused by the smallpox virus, occurring especially among the black peoples of southern Africa.
1911 E. London Dispatch 14 Nov. 4 (Pettman)It was reported to the Council that the late Trooper..was suffering from Amaas.
1912 A.W. Hodson Trekking Great Thirst 109Dr. Rutherford is of opinion that the sickness at Otse is amaas, or Kaffir milk-pox.
1972 E.H. Cluver in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VI. 90The relative prevalence of smallpox among the Bantu is attributable..also to the fact that the disease commonly occurs in a mild form known as amaas. This may go unrecognised, although the infection is caused by the true smallpox virus, which when conveyed to Europeans will cause the very serious disease in unvaccinated persons.
A mild disease caused by the smallpox virus, occurring especially among the black peoples of southern Africa.
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