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Anthrax etymology

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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Despite having worked in a microbiology research institute, alongside smiley - scientists researching anthrax, I only discovered this week (following the unfortunate death of a drummer from anthrax) that its etmology derives from the Greek 'anthrakites', meaning coal-like. This describes the coal-black crusty lesions which can form on the skin.

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