What is piratical disease?
Piratical refers to a pirate, one who steals and plunders valuables from aboard a ship not commissioned by a government. A piratical disease would be an illness associated with pirates such as scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C, and being at sea for long periods of time made it difficult to keep things like fresh fruit available, which would have helped stave off scurvy.
Updated on Monday, February 06 2012 at 05:31AM EST