The Etymology of “Chincough”

Abstract

AS your correspondent (NATURE, October 21) points out, chincough has certainly nothing to do with “hiccough”; but has it anything to do with the French chien = a dog, as he supposes? Chincough is the softer English equivalent of the Scotch kink-host (Dutch, kink-hoest). Besides, the noun there is also the verb, to kink (O. Dutch, kinken = to cough), and… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/096229d0

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