a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, found among certain aborigines of the eastern highlands of New Guinea
Origin of kurufrom native name in New Guinea
A fatal degenerative disease of the brain caused by a prion, formerly found among certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by the consumption of human flesh during mortuary rites.
Origin of kuruFore (language of eastern Papua New Guinea)
OriginSee also: kūru
From Fore, literally meaning ‘shaking death’.