Definition of Kimberley disease in English:

Kimberley disease


mass nounAustralian
  • A usually fatal disease of horses which damages the animal's liver.

    ‘sixteen of the horses died from Kimberley disease’
    • ‘My opinion is that the horse is suffering from Kimberley disease.’
    • ‘He fed horses with the plant for extended periods, but no symptoms of Kimberley disease were produced.’
    • ‘Kimberley disease, which has been so prevalent in past years, has now practically ceased on this station.’
    • ‘The plant was recognised as prime suspect for the Kimberley disease.’
    • ‘The dread Kimberley disease attacks horses and camels but leaves the donkey and mule practically immune.’


Late 19th century: from Kimberley, the tropical region of Western Australia where the disease was once prevalent.