myxomatosis myxomatosis

Definition(s):

  • (n) a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits

Usage(s):

  1. Most Australian scientists are convinced that myxomatosis is still the best weapon against rabbits.
  2. When myxomatosis was accidentally imported into England in 1953, the homeland of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail was horrified.
  3. Now he has ordered fresh shipments, hopeful that the next batch will soon be ready to go forth to spread a more virulent myxomatosis throughout the land.

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Quotes

  • "Rabbits are breeding faster because of long dry spells, a direct result of climate change. Myxomatosis is no longer as effective as it was and the chief predator, cats, has been eradicated," Senator Milne said. "The damage being done to...
    on Oct 21, 2006 By: Christine Milne Source: The Age

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