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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

An illness caused by a virus.

Usage examples (30)
  • flu season is usually during the winter of every year.
  • Gripe is what they call the flu, I call a normal cold.
  • The Pandemic: The bird flu is sweeping the planet.
  • Avian flu is set to turn into a pandemic at any moment. for more
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  • Sick with the "flu," (short for the infection influenza), she closed the "flue" (a shaft that removes smoke from a fireplace) to shut out the cold air. At that moment a flock of geese "flew" (past tense of fly) by..
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