ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


lazaret (lz-rt), or lazarette or lazaretto.  noun
1.  A hospital for those with contagious diseases.
2.  A building or ship used for quarantine.
3.  A storage space between the decks of a ship.

Etymology:  about 1600, Italian, from lazareto, "a place set aside for performance of quarantine".  The Italian word may be a combination of 'Lazarus' (from the biblical parable of Lazarus the beggar) and 'nazaret', from the church of Santa Maria di Nazaret, on a quarantine island near Venice.

In the 1938 movie "Jezebel", sufferers of yellow fever were sent to Lazaret island, near New Orleans.  (The island was invented for the film; it does not exist.)
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