before the rinderpest


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before the rinderpest

Long ago. "Rinderpest" is a contagious, often fatal, disease that affects cattle. It has decimated Africa's cattle population at various times throughout history. Primarily heard in South Africa. Before the rinderpest, this area was hardly developed at all.
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before (or since) the rinderpest

a long time ago (or for a very long time). South African
Rinderpest is a contagious viral disease of cattle that periodically caused heavy losses in much of Africa. The 1896 epidemic was so devastating that it was treated as a historical landmark, so giving rise to this expression.
See also: before, rinderpest