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1. Any of various highly infectious diseases of cattle, as anthrax.
2. Obsolete A pestilence or dire disease.

[Middle English moreine, from Old French morine, from Medieval Latin morina, from Latin morī, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Veterinary Science) any plaguelike disease in cattle
2. (Pathology) a plague
[C14: from Old French morine, from morir to die, from Latin morī]


(ˈmɜr ɪn)

1. a disease or pestilence of domestic animals or plants.
2. Obs. a plague or pestilence.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French morine a plague =mor(ir) to die (« Latin morī) + -ine -ine3]
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Noun1.murrain - any disease of domestic animals that resembles a plague
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
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Now a murrain seize thee and thy news, thou scurvy dog," quoth the Tinker, "for thou speakest but ill of good men.
Nay," quoth the Tinker--for, by roaming the country, he had learned what dogs were--"take thou what thou wilt have, and let me depart in peace, and may a murrain go with thee.
That is why I say that the murrain was the best friend that the borel folk ever had.
But this morning he was in a mood more becoming a man of business, and in the course of his ride along the Basset lanes, with their deep ruts,--lying so far away from a market-town that the labor of drawing produce and manure was enough to take away the best part of the profits on such poor land as that parish was made of,--he got up a due amount of irritation against Moss as a man without capital, who, if murrain and blight were abroad, was sure to have his share of them, and who, the more you tried to help him out of the mud, would sink the further in.
Palfrey had been losing money of late years, not being able quite to recover his feet after the terrible murrain which forced him to borrow, his family were far from considering themselves on the same level even as the old-established tradespeople with whom they visited.
An' I know one thing, as if trouble was to come, an' I was to be laid up i' my bed, an' the children was to die--as there's no knowing but what they will--an' the murrain was to come among the cattle again, an' everything went to rack an' ruin, I say we might be glad to get sight o' Dinah's cap again, wi' her own face under it, border or no border.
None the less, if, by any chance, O man from Jullundur, thou rememberest what thou hast seen, either among the elders sitting under the village tree, or in thine own house, or in company of thy priest when he blesses thy cattle, a murrain will come among the buffaloes, and a fire in thy thatch, and rats in the corn-bins, and the curse of our Gods upon thy fields that they may be barren before thy feet and after thy ploughshare.
Tony: Then keeping to the right, you are to go sideways till you come upon Crackskull Common: there you must look sharp for the track of the wheel, and go forward till you come to farmer Murrains barn.
While others in Birmingham celebrate, the Murrains will pray for justice for brother and loving son, Keith.
Their complaints led Prime Minister David Cameron to openly pledge support for the Murrains.
The Murrains are being helped in their quest for justice by community activist Desmond Jaddoo, who has brought the case to the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron.
He has protested to Mr Cameron over the lack of help aorded the Murrains and urged him to ensure the family are kept informed of the investigation.