Find the word definition

Crossword clues for blain

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blain \Blain\ (bl[=a]n), n. [OE. blein, bleyn, AS. bl[=e]gen; akin to Dan. blegn, D. blein; perh. fr. the same root as E. bladder. See Bladder.]

  1. An inflammatory swelling or sore; a bulla, pustule, or blister.

    Blotches and blains must all his flesh emboss.

  2. (Far.) A bladder growing on the root of the tongue of a horse, against the windpipe, and stopping the breath.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English blegen "a sore," from Proto-Germanic *blajinon "a swelling" (cognates: Danish blegn, Dutch blein), from PIE *bhlei- "to swell," from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.


n. A skin swelling or sore; a blister; a blotch.


n. an inflammatory swelling or sore

Blain, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 252
Housing Units (2000): 102
Land area (2000): 0.352879 sq. miles (0.913952 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.352879 sq. miles (0.913952 sq. km)
FIPS code: 06824
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 40.337233 N, 77.510525 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 17006
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Blain, PA

Blain may refer to:

Blain (animal disease)

Blain was an animal disease of unknown etiology that was well known in the eighteenth- and nineteenth centuries. It is unclear whether it is still extant, or what modern disease it corresponds to.

According to Ephraim Chambers' eighteenth-century Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, blain was "a distemper" (in the archaic eighteenth-century sense of the word, meaning "disease") occurring in animals, consisting in a "Bladder growing on the Root of the Tongue against the Wind-Pipe", which "at length swelling, stops the Wind". It was thought to occur "by great chafing, and heating of the Stomach".

Blain is also mentioned in Cattle: Their Breeds, Management, and Diseases, published in 1836, where it is also identified as "gloss-anthrax". W. C. Spooner's 1888 book The History, Structure, Economy and Diseases of the Sheep also identifies blain as being the same as gloss-anthrax.

Modern scholarship suggests that "gloss-anthrax" was not the same disease as modern-day anthrax, but instead could have been foot-and-mouth disease, or a viral infection with a secondary Fusobacterium necrophorum infection. It has also been suggested that it may have been due to a variant strain of true anthrax that is no longer in existence. Other sources also report epizootics known as "blain" or "black-blain" in the 13th and 14th centuries, but it is not clear if the disease involved was the same as "gloss-anthrax".

Blain (surname)

Blain is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brian Blain, Australian actor
  • John Blain (disambiguation), multiple people
  • John Blain (Canadian football), Canadian football player
  • Philippe Blain, French volleyball player and coach
  • Tony Blain, New Zealand cricketer

Usage examples of "blain".

All right, maybe not the whole world, but those watching ESPN had seen him climb into the number twenty-six car, his team owner, Blain Sanders, helping him in.

Not only was he a brilliant engine builder, he was a good man, and Blain and his wife Cece were two of the nicest people Lance had the privilege to know.

Sarah felt touched and surprised that Cece had come to see her before, going inside her own home, Blain holding Randy in his arms.

Sarah said, glancing at Blain and Cece so they could add their insistence.

Sir Joseph Blain to favour us with his remarks on A True Gynandromorph recently added to his Cabinet.

A chaise was sent for from Crewkherne, and Charles conveyed back a far more useful person in the old nursery-maid of the family, one who having brought up all the children, and seen the very last, the lingering and long-petted Master Harry, sent to school after his brothers, was now living in her deserted nursery to mend stockings and dress all the blains and bruises she could get near her, and who, consequently, was only too happy in being allowed to go and help nurse dear Miss Louisa.

The fetters of the Greeks have been struck off, but the blains and excoriated marks of slavery are still conspicuous upon them.

These included “milliner’s sniffle, ploughman’s hunch, blains which pain the privy member, rat pox, cacky ear, trouser mite, the curly worms that worry from within” and sundry other terrible afflictions.

Yet she did not doubt that she would hear of him, as he scattered the bits and pieces he had carried from the church—the blains and poisons that caused suffering, even death, and those, like hellebore and nightshade, that could kill or cure.

Blain got up early in the morning and would pretend not to notice Afton 's excursions into the garden, where she continually looked for something, and Shayla's walks into the woods, where she collected her herbs.

Since she knew that only time would give them the answer, she listened as Hugh told Blain how he'd tended the farm animals with help from Shayla and her.