One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skin disease of horses caused by the presence of the larvae of a parasitic worm.‘swamp cancer continues to affect horses in northern areas’
- ‘Veterinarians in north Queensland see many horses suffering from swamp cancer.’
- ‘A friend of mine's horse has had swamp cancer twice.’
- ‘The horses stand hock-deep in water and develop swamp cancer.’
- ‘These larvae were formerly thought to cause swamp cancer.’
- ‘Her hooves need attention, and there's a swamp cancer on her neck which should be frozen off.’
Late 19th century: from the popular belief that the disease is associated with swampy areas.
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