melt sickness, noun phrase

Origin:
South African Dutch, EnglishShow more Probably (partial) translation of South African Dutch meltziekte (see miltsiekte); but cf. English melt (variant of milt) the spleen.
obs., Pathology
miltsiekte.
1867 Blue Bk for Col. 1866 JJ23There has been a good deal of sickness amongst the cattle during the year — lung-sickness..; melt sickness, which has carried off a considerable number [etc.].
1882 Times of Natal 8 JuneAn ox suffering from melt-sickness.
miltsiekte.
Derivatives:
Hence melt-sick adjective, suffering from miltsiekte.
1882 Times of Natal 8 JuneHe never knew of a case of illness from eating a melt-sick ox.
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