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npl  brax*ies  1  :  a malignant edema of sheep that involves gastrointestinal invasion by a spore-forming bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. septicum), produces an enterotoxemia characterized by staggering, convulsions, coma, and death, and is common in Iceland, Scotland, and Norway - compare BLACK DISEASE   2  :  a sheep dead from natural causes and esp. from disease : also  :  mutton from such a carcass .
Similar sounding terms:  bo·rax 

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