Definition of mange in English:



mass noun
  • A skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to humans. It is characterized by severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.

    ‘foxes that get mange die in three or four months’
    ‘my dog has the mange’
    • ‘European red foxes contribute to spreading mange throughout the country as well, as at times they utilise wombat burrows for rest.’
    • ‘An estimated 4,000 dogs, covered with mange and ticks, roam the land and are sometimes so hungry they resort to cannibalizing other dogs.’
    • ‘Numerous readers have written in with reports that the ‘hyote’ is actually a fox, dog, or bear with terrible mange.’
    • ‘The dramatic hair loss is caused by mange, a condition spurred by an outbreak of mites.’
    • ‘A good diet and clean environment can greatly reduce the opportunity for your cat to develop mange.’
    • ‘Others are rather unpleasant parasites themselves, such as ticks, chiggers, and the skin mites that cause mange and scabies.’
    • ‘The animal was also emaciated but its main problem was mange, leaving much of its body hairless and covered in lesions, Ms Shields said.’
    • ‘The puppy has a gut infection, mange, a severe skin problem, worms, fleas and ear mites.’
    • ‘His fur all fell out and underneath he had dreadful mange.’
    • ‘His herd of 133 sheep and goats were de-wormed and several were given shots for mange.’
    • ‘Worse, some confined herds show horrific predisposition to mange, a disease rarely affecting free-ranging animals.’
    • ‘So this indicates to me that when we come across a wombat with mange we must look at why it has the mange.’
    • ‘These myths about mange reach gigantic proportions causing fear to strike in the hearts of dog owners.’
    • ‘A recent article mentioned the successful use of a tea tree lotion to treat ringworm and mange in hedgehogs in the UK.’
    • ‘They're so plagued by lice, fleas, dander and mange that their coats are spotted with huge bald patches and pocked with weeping sores.’
    • ‘As mange hits Britain's foxes yet again, our lack of knowledge about the disease, and how best to treat it, becomes ever more apparent.’
    • ‘Fresh seeds - first ground or chewed, then mixed with lard - are applied as an ointment against itch and mange.’
    • ‘During the Bristol mange epidemic, we found that casualties had their territory invaded by new foxes within days.’
    • ‘The main threat to dogs, he adds, comes from mange, a skin disease caused by mites, which is common in urban foxes.’
    • ‘This may already be seen with the steeply rising numbers of urban foxes, many of which now suffer from endemic mange.’
    scabies, scab, itch, rash, eruption, skin infection
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Late Middle English: from Old French mangeue, from mangier ‘eat’, from Latin manducare ‘to chew’.