1 : a fever (such as malaria) marked by paroxysms (see paroxysm sense 1) of chills, fever, and sweating that recur at regular intervals.
How do you read ague?
What does ague mean in Old English?
Starting in the 13th century, feverish illness was named ague, from the Medieval Latin acuta, “sharp fever,” and its root, meaning “sharp.” The word began to refer specifically to malaria, an infectious disease spread by mosquitoes, as early as the late 14th century.
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What kind of sickness is ague?
Ague: A fever (such as from malaria) that is marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating recurring regular intervals. Also a fit of shivering, a chill. Hence, ague can refer to both chills and fevers.
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