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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [rey-beez]
    • /ˈreɪ biz/
    • /ˈreɪ.biːz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [rey-beez]
    • /ˈreɪ biz/

Definitions of rabies word

  • noun rabies an infectious disease of dogs, cats, and other animals, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal and usually fatal if prophylactic treatment is not administered: caused by an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus group; hydrophobia. 1
  • noun rabies A contagious and fatal viral disease of dogs and other mammals that causes madness and convulsions, transmissible through the saliva to humans. 1
  • noun rabies disease: hydrophobia 1
  • uncountable noun rabies Rabies is a serious disease which causes people and animals to go mad and die. Rabies is particularly common in dogs. 0
  • noun rabies an acute infectious viral disease of the nervous system transmitted by the saliva of infected animals, esp dogs. It is characterized by excessive salivation, aversion to water, convulsions, and paralysis 0
  • noun rabies an acute, infectious viral disease of mammals, that attacks the central nervous system: it can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected animal and is characterized by choking, convulsions, inability to swallow, etc. 0

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Origin of rabies

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
1655-65; < Latin rabiēs rage, madness, derivative of rabere to be mad, rave

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Parts of speech for Rabies


rabies popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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