Etymology
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rubella (n.)

"German measles," contagious disease characterized by rose-colored eruptions, 1883, Modern Latin, literally "rash," from noun use of neuter plural of Latin rubellus "reddish," diminutive of ruber "red" (from PIE root *reudh- "red, ruddy.").

updated on October 16, 2021

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Definitions of rubella from WordNet

rubella (n.)
a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester;
Synonyms: German measles / three-day measles / epidemic roseola
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