A condition characterized by an enormous swelling of a limb, the scrotum, or external female genitalia. Caused by (hold on to your supper, folks) clotty masses of parasitic worms in the lymphatic drainage system. Called elephantiasis both for the large size of the swelling and the rough appearance of affected skin.

My great-grandmother had elephantiasis in Egypt in her youth, affecting her pinky finger. Because a local fortune teller had predicted it, she suffered an unusual side-effect: the women in my family are now all conditioned to believe in fortune tellers and horoscopes. Sigh.