One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Conjunctivitis in humans and some livestock.
- ‘So far I've managed to avoid getting pink eye and head lice.’
- ‘The viruses that cause herpes and pink eye thrive on moist, inanimate objects - making a pot of lip gloss, foundation, or eye shadow a perfect breeding ground.’
- ‘My daughter went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pink eye and a sinus infection.’
- ‘Symptoms of pink eye can include redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, itching of the eye, a gritty feeling in the eye, pain and increased tear production.’
- ‘By her own admission, she's already given everyone pink eye.’
- ‘I had drug-resistant pink eye in the spring, and it was hell.’
- ‘Four percent of patients who were on acne medication contracted pink eye, compared to 2 percent for the normal population.’
- ‘Normally, pink eye will go away on its own, but in severe cases people will need antibiotics or other medical treatment.’
- ‘The daycare has gently reminded me that pink eye is a stay-at-home-sickness which usually lasts about a week.’
- ‘Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get a cold or nasty eye infection such as pink eye.’
2A viral disease of horses, symptoms of which include fever, spontaneous abortion, and redness of the eyes.
- ‘The horse disease known as "pink eye" has at last reached this city, and is causing the street railroad company especially a great deal of inconvenience.’
- ‘Pink eye in horses is more serious than in humans and can easily lead to blindness.’
- ‘The medicine is successfully used with quick healing results for Pink Eye and conjunctivitis in horses and cattle.’
1A journey undertaken by an Aborigine in order to withdraw temporarily from white society and return to a more traditional lifestyle.‘they had quit their station jobs, and had gone on a hunting walkabout and a pink-eye’
- ‘I discovered that the blacks insisted on a "pink-hi" or walkabout season - they could not live without it.’
- 1.1 (in extended use) a holiday or festivity.‘this year picnic was obviously going to be a successful pink-eye’
- ‘I heard it was quite a pink-eye.’
- ‘Pearlers crowd away for a holiday — known as a 'pink-eye' in nor-west slang.’
Late 19th century: from Aboriginal pinkayi, from pinka ‘hunting’.
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