Definition of chikungunya in English:

chikungunya

noun

  • [mass noun] A viral disease resembling dengue, transmitted by mosquitoes and endemic in East Africa and parts of Asia.

    • ‘When the chikungunya virus is dominant in the mosquito, those bitten will suffer from chikungunya.’
    • ‘Janzen et al. have shown that chikungunya virus replicates in large numbers in the proximal portions of the lateral salivary gland lobes of A. aegypti.’

Origin

1950s: a local word.

Pronunciation

chikungunya

/ˌtʃɪk(ə)nˈɡʌnjə/