a tropical infectious disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema pertenue) and characterized by raspberrylike skin eruptions followed sometimes by destructive lesions of the skin and bones
Origin of yaws; from a Carib language: compare Galibi ïaïa
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A highly contagious tropical disease that chiefly affects children, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue and characterized by raspberrylike sores, especially on the hands, feet, and face. Also called frambesia.
Origin of yawsFrom American Spanish yaya, sore, from Carib yaya, disease.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of yaw