One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting certain diseases when contracted by wild animals, and the pathogens causing them.‘an epidemic of sylvatic plague among prairie dogs’
- ‘In addition to sylvatic plague, a disease likely brought from Europe by ship rats, prairie dogs have suffered from aggressive poisoning campaigns by farmers and ranchers.’
- ‘Diminished prairie dog populations now face the even greater catastrophe of sylvatic plague, an introduced contagious disease for which prairie dogs have little immunity.’
- ‘Endangered black-footed ferrets are extremely susceptible to sylvatic plague, a disease that has seriously hampered efforts to re-establish ferrets to their historical range.’
- ‘It has been estimated that 30 000 cattle die annually in Brazil from RV infections, where sylvatic rabies is usually transmitted to cattle via a bite from a vampire bat.’
- ‘They are one of the primary carriers of sylvatic rabies and thus can be very dangerous to pets and humans.’
1930s: from Latin silvaticus, from silva ‘wood’.
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