Meaning of louping-ill in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlaʊpɪŋɪl/


mass noun
  • A viral disease attacking animals, especially sheep, which is transmitted by ticks and causes staggering and jumping.

    • ‘This includes a blood-borne virus called louping-ill which is 80 per cent fatal to birds and found on the North York Moors.’


Late Middle English from loup (because of the symptom of spasmodic jumping) + the noun ill.