Definition of rinderpest in English:



  • [mass noun] An infectious disease of ruminants, especially cattle, caused by a paramyxovirus. It is characterized by fever, dysentery, and inflammation of the mucous membranes.

    Also called cattle plague
    • ‘However, in 1880-81, when the British unintentionally introduced rinderpest (a cattle disease), the Maasai lost 80 percent of their stock.’
    • ‘Two devastating cattle diseases, rinderpest in 1896-7 and East Coast fever, which moved slowly through the country from 1904 to 1913, each killed as much as 80 per cent of the herds in some districts.’
    • ‘Here droughts, floods and locusts destroy crops and rinderpest kills cattle.’
    • ‘It was not until rinderpest, or cattle plague, a highly fatal and contagious disease, wiped out seven per cent of the national herd between 1865 to 1867, that views on controlling animal disease changed, says Dr Woods.’
    • ‘Camels obviously evolved in an extremely harsh environment and are immune to diseases such as rinderpest and foot-and-mouth that afflict other mammals.’


  • before (or since) the rinderpest

    • A long time ago (or for a very long time)

      ‘some of us still remember that time before the rinderpest’


Mid 19th century: from German, from Rinder cattle + Pest plague.