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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

ague \a"gue\ ([=a]"g[-u]), n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See Acute.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] "Brenning agues." --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A fever characterized by paroxysms of high fever and shaking chills. [1913 Webster + AS] 3. The cold fit or rigor of malaria or any other intermittent fever; as, fever and ague. [1913 Webster + AS] 4. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold. --Dryden. AS [1913 Webster] Ague cake, an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague. Ague drop, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague. Ague fit, a fit of the ague. --Shak. Ague spell, a spell or charm against ague. --Gay. Ague tree, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]