- an inflammatory swelling or sore.
Origin of blain
Examples from the Web for blains
We had lice, boils and blains, and flies—particularly and perpetually, flies.With Our Army in Palestine
The ashes of the furnace became a small dust in all the land of Egypt, breaking forth with blains upon man and beast.
Did two handfuls of ashes literally become the blains upon the bodies of all the Egyptians?The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus
G. A. Chadwick
Our commentator attempts to account for the sixth plague of boils and blains with equal ingenuity.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Besides these, there were the tokens (specially limited in meaning to livid spots on the skin), carbuncles and blains.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
- a blister, blotch, or sore on the skin
Word Origin and History for blains
Old English blegen "a sore," from Proto-Germanic *blajinon "a swelling" (cf. Danish blegn, Dutch blein), from PIE *bhlei- "to swell," from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.
- A skin swelling or sore; a blister; a blotch.