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pinta

[pin-tuh; Spanish peen-tah] /ˈpɪn tə; Spanish ˈpin tɑ/
noun, Pathology.
1.
a nonvenereal treponematosis occurring chiefly in Central and South America, caused by Treponema carateum, characterized by spots of various colors on the skin.
Origin of pinta
1815-1825
1815-25; < American Spanish, special use of Spanish pinta spot < Vulgar Latin *pincta, feminine of *pinctus, nasalized variant of Latin pictus, past participle of pingere to paint

Pinta

[pin-tuh; Spanish peen-tah] /ˈpɪn tə; Spanish ˈpin tɑ/
noun
1.
one of the three ships under the command of Columbus during his first voyage to America in 1492.
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Historical Examples
  • And in the midst of all this rejoicing what should sail into the harbor of Palos but the pinta, just a few hours late!

  • The pinta, the best sailor of the three vessels, was leading.

  • It was new and clean, a fair sailer, though not so swift as the pinta.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • pinta, a much swifter vessel, was commanded by Martin Pinzon.

  • The pinta did not obey him, and when morning dawned was nowhere to be seen.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • They named their cruising-ship the pinta, which in Spanish implies a point.

  • The master138-1 of the pinta said that he had found the cinnamon trees.

  • He made his gesture of dismissal of that, and asked after the health of the pinta.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • His fear was that the pinta had already foundered, and that his vessel would also go to the bottom.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • With the pinta and the Nina it lay under the moon, and all around was silver water.

    1492 Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for pinta

pinta1

/ˈpɪntə/
noun
1.
a tropical infectious skin disease caused by the bacterium Treponema carateum and characterized by the formation of papules and loss of pigmentation in circumscribed areas Also called mal de pinto
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish, from Spanish: spot, ultimately from Latin pictus painted, from pingere to paint

pinta2

/ˈpaɪntə/
noun
1.
(informal) a pint of milk
Word Origin
C20: phonetic rendering of pint of

Pinta

/ˈpɪntə/
noun
1.
the Pinta, one of the three ships commanded by Columbus on his first voyage to America (1492)
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pinta in Medicine

pinta pin·ta (pĭn'tə, pēn'tä)
n.
A contagious skin disease prevalent in tropical America, caused by the spirochete Treponema carateum and characterized by thickening and spotty discoloration of the skin.

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