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.
- ‘Apparently, there are many kinds of tetter, including moist, branny, scally, scald-head, salt-rheum, and running tetter.’
- ‘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.’
Old English teter, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit dadru ‘skin disease’.
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