blauwtong, noun

Forms:
Also blaauw-tong.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, blauw blue + tong tongue.
obs. except in historical contexts, Pathology
blue tongue.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 382Autumn fever, or ‘blaauw-tong’ is a form of influenza which is thought to be nearly allied to horse-sickness,..that local form of it which affects the head and tongue more particularly.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 67Sometimes the swelling is confined to the tongue and gives rise to that form of the sickness known as blauwtong or blue-tongue.
1979 T. Gutsche There Was a Man 21He (sc. A. Theiler) identified and described the historic Blaauwtong (Blue Tongue) in sheep.
blue tongue.

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