One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skin disease in humans or animals causing itchy or pustular patches, such as eczema or ringworm.
- ‘In most cases a fresh crop appears as soon as the first crop is matured, in which case yellow crusts form over the diseased patch, and chronic tetter exists for weeks or months.’
- ‘Apparently, there are many kinds of tetter, including moist, branny, scally, scald-head, salt-rheum, and running tetter.’
Old English teter, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit dadru ‘skin disease’.
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