Flu



[floo] /flu/

noun
1.
.
2.
a specific variety of influenza, usually named for its point of dissemination or its animal vector:
Hong Kong flu; swine flu.
/fluː/
noun (informal)
1.
the flu, short for influenza
2.
any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
n.

1839, flue, shortening of influenza. Spelling flu attested from 1893. For choice of middle syllable, not a common method of shortening in English, Weekley compares tec for detective, scrip for subscription.

flu (flōō)
n.
Influenza.
flu
(fl)
See influenza.
influenza

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