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malaria

ma·lar·i·a

malaria

 
 
pronunciation:
m leI ri
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part of speech: noun
definition: an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes and marked by recurring attacks of chills, fever, and sweating.
derivations: malarial (adj.), malarian (adj.), malarious (adj.)
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Malaria comes from Italian words that mean "bad air." The disease was thought to come from the damp air around swamps.
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