One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic term for yellow fever
- ‘Yellow fever (also called yellow jack, black vomit or sometimes American Plague) is an acute viral disease.’
- ‘Not even inland towns were safe from the fever known as yellow jack.’
- ‘Yellow fever, also known as yellow jack for the quarantine flag flown by ships at sea, became one of the most feared diseases throughout urban America.’
- ‘Yellow Jack or yellow fever is spread by the yellow-fever mosquito (known also as the "Tiger" mosquito).’
- ‘For more than 250 years, the yellow jack had ravaged the Americas, bringing death to millions and striking panic in entire populations.’
2A ship's yellow quarantine flag.
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