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Epi-zootic

is epi-zoon (upon the herds and flocks). Zoology is used to signify a treatise on animals, but we generally except man; so epi-zootic is used, demos (man) not being included.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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