Word Archaeology: aegyptianellosis

This acute, tick-borne disease afflicts domestic birds, such as chickens, turkeys, and pigeons. Transmitted by the chicken tick, particularly around the Mediterranean, aegyptianellosis symptoms include fever, anemia, and jaundice.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary reports that the word was first used in 1938. However, Wikipedia indicates that the aegyptianella bacteria was originally identified in Egypt in 1929.

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