- Usually pockmarks. scars or pits left by a pustule in smallpox or the like.
- a small pit or scar: a tabletop full of pockmarks.
- to mark or scar with or as with pockmarks: gopher holes pockmarking the field.
Origin of pockmark
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"Never mind how we got in," said Leah, every pock-mark glistening with smiles and tears.Ghetto Tragedies
- Also called: pock a pitted scar left on the skin after the healing of a smallpox or similar pustule
- any pitting of a surface that resembles or suggests such scars
- (tr) to scar or pit (a surface) with pockmarks
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Word Origin and History for pock-mark
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- A pitlike scar that is left on the skin by smallpox or another eruptive disease.
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