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AGUE (AY-gyoo)

An archaic term for fever
Common clues: Chills and fever; A malarial fever; Flu symptom, perhaps; Feverish chill; Fit of chills; Shivering fit
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Frequency in English language: 52282 / 86800
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The belief is growing on me that the disease is communicated by the bite of the mosquito... She always injects a small quantity of fluid with her bite - what if the parasites get into the system in this manner. ~ Sir Ronald Ross

Ague is an archaic term for fever. The translation in Leviticus 26:16 (R.V., "fever") of the Hebrew word kaddah'ath, meaning "kindling", i.e., an inflammatory or burning fever. In Deut. 28:22 the word is rendered "fever." It was also used in Old English as a word for malaria.

Montezuma Marsh. Ague killed about 1000 men in the digging of the Montezuma Marsh section of the Erie Canal in 1819. It was understood that the fever came from the swamps, but not that mosquitoes were the carriers. "Bad air" was blamed instead. Along the southeastern coast of the United States during its early history ague was a major killer, and many of the wealthier residents of Charleston, Savannah and other coastal cities with large swampy areas would travel to Boston or to the southern Appalachian Mountains to escape.

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