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mea·sly

(mēz'lē),
Pertaining to pork or beef infected with the cysticerci of the tapeworms Taenia solium or Taenia saginata, respectively.

measly

(mēz′lē)
adj. mea·slier, mea·sliest
1. Infected with measles.
2. Slang Contemptibly small; meager: gave the waiter a measly tip.

measly

adjective Referring to meat infested with pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) larvae.

measly

said of beef, pork and mutton because infected meat has a speckled appearance thought to resemble measles (1) in humans. See also cysticercus.
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