Archaic Definition of the Week – Measles

ADOTWMEASLES. This has only been by later use restrained to one kind of spotted sickness; but ‘meazel’ (it is spelt in innumerable ways) was once leprosy, or more often the leper himself, and the disease, ‘meselry.’

A Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from Their Present, by Richard Chenevix Trench (1859)

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