Definition of yaws :
A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several varieties of this disease, variously known as framboesia, pian, verrugas, and crab- yaws.
- " Den he try to see de skin under his yaws, and he twist an' he snake till he fair stan' on his head an' scratch de air- an' yet he cahnt get a look at it. - "Old Hendrik's Tales", Arthur Owen Vaughan.
- To abolish State action, because its direction is never more than approximately correct, appears to me to be much the same thing as abolishing the man at the wheel altogether, because, do what he will, the ship yaws more or less. - "Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley", Thomas Henry Huxley.
- Two haggard- faced men with bandaged eyes were grinding the wheel to starboard and port, and keeping the brig's yaws within two points each way- good work for blind men. - ""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea", Morgan Robertson.