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[burth-mahrk] /ˈbɜrθˌmɑrk/
a minor disfigurement or blemish on a person's skin at birth; nevus.
Origin of birthmark
First recorded in 1570-80; birth + mark1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Or thus: 'Haven't you a birthmark on the back of your neck?' '

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • They are outside of the individual experience as much as a birthmark.

  • But the birthmark on its wrist was branded on my brain so that I could not forget it.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • A supreme act is recognizable at sight: it bears the birthmark of immortality.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • It seems as if the travail and yearning of his mother had passed upon him as a birthmark.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • "Son of an electric eel," she said when Tel reached her, her birthmark scarlet.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • Did he have a birthmark on his chin, this man you bought the book from?

    The Secret Mark

    Roy J. Snell
  • It was the face of the man she had seen in the shop, he of the birthmark on his chin.

    The Secret Mark

    Roy J. Snell
  • It must be a birthmark, or maybe he was too anxious to get to town to-night.

British Dictionary definitions for birthmark


a blemish or new growth on skin formed before birth, usually brown or dark red; naevus
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Word Origin and History for birthmark

also birth-mark, by 1805, from birth (n.) + mark (n.1). Birth marks in 17c. could be longing marks; supposedly they showed the image of something longed for by the mother while expecting. Related: Birthmarked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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birthmark in Medicine

birthmark birth·mark (bûrth'märk')
A mole or blemish present on the skin from birth; a nevus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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