One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of a cow's or ewe's udder.
- ‘The early American settlers applied it in like manner as a poultice to inflammatory conditions of the cow's udder, in the disease known as garget, a circumstance which has given to the plant one of its common names, garget plant.’
- ‘The list of micro-organisms found associated with garget is a very long one.’
- ‘Early diagnosis of mastitis or garget is carried out by measuring the concentration of 3-hydroxybutyric acid in milk.’
Early 18th century: perhaps a special use of Old French gargate ‘throat’; related to gargoyle. The term was used earlier to denote inflammation of the throat in cattle.
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