One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mild form of smallpox with a low mortality rate, caused by a variola virus of reduced virulence.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From Brazilian Portuguese alastrim from alastrar to spread, disseminate, to sprinkle, to cover or steady with ballast (14th cent.; from a-, prefix + lastro ballast) + -im, suffix.
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