"chicken pox"--why "chicken"?
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Sun May 13 12:02:01 UTC 2001
> Would anyone have any idea at all why "chicken" turns up in "chicken
Compare the analogous disease names cowpox, horsepox, rabbitpox, monkeypox,
swine pox, goat pox, fowl pox, etc., etc. ...
Some of these can infect humans; for example, cowpox (a disease of cows)
causes a mild disease in humans and was the basis of the original smallpox
It sure looks like chickenpox once was thought to be a disease contracted
by and from chickens. I think one of the OED citations speculates along
-- Doug Wilson
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