brown lung

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brown′ lung′

a chronic lung disease of textile workers caused by inhalation of cotton dust and other fine fibers. Also called byssinosis.
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If slave descendants are compensated, why not compensate the heirs of the earliest cotton mill workers, 70 percent of whom died of brown lung disease?
The lumber company fire that smothered the night watchman, the cotton mill and the needles of brown lung, the knife factory bricked shut during the Depression: all mosquito-hum and glimmer of porchlight to the river.