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pox

[poks] /pɒks/
noun, Pathology.
1.
a disease characterized by multiple skin pustules, as smallpox.
2.
3.
Also called soil rot. Plant Pathology. a disease of sweet potatoes, characterized by numerous pitlike lesions on the roots, caused by a fungus, Streptomyces ipomoea.
4.
(used as an interjection to express distaste, rejection, aversion, etc.):
A pox on you and your bright ideas!
Origin of pox
1540-1550
1540-50 (earlier as surname); spelling variant of pocks, plural of pock
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  • Mebbe the best thing I could do would be to take the pox and go under.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • The pox only converts them, and that only when it kills them.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • A pox o your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!

    The Tempest William Shakespeare
  • I little thought, fool that I was, that he would get this pox.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • pox take the Tailors for making the Fobs so deep and narrow!

  • These words you may write, and let Joe, or Mr. Warburton, give them to him: a pox on him!

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • O, pox on your spelling of Latin, Johnsonibus atque, that is the way.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • A pox on him, I have too many such customers on this side already.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for pox

pox

/pɒks/
noun
1.
any disease characterized by the formation of pustules on the skin that often leave pockmarks when healed
2.
the pox, an informal name for syphilis
3.
(interjection) (archaic) a pox on someone, an expression of intense disgust or aversion for someone
Word Origin
C15: changed from pocks, plural of pock
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Word Origin and History for pox
n.

late 15c., spelling alteration of pockes, plural of pocke (see pock (n.)). Especially (after c.1500) of syphilis.

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pox in Medicine

pox (pŏks)
n.

  1. A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.

  2. Syphilis.

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