Definition of bunyavirus in US English:

bunyavirus

noun

Virology
  • Any member of the genus Bunyavirus or family Bunyaviridae of enveloped viruses with a three-segmented single-stranded RNA genome, most of which are arthropod-borne pathogens of humans and other mammals, typically causing fever or encephalitis. Also (in form Bunyavirus): the genus itself.

Origin

1970s. From bunya- (in Bunyamwera, the name of an area within the Semliki Forest of Uganda) + virus.