- a shallow pit or depression like the mark left by a smallpox pustule; foveola.
- a light-colored spherule, common in some igneous rocks, that gives a pockmarked appearance to weathered rock surfaces.
Origin of variole
1820–30; < French: variola
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Examples from the Web for variole
A roundish and rather deep depression, larger than a variole.
When a variole, tubercle, granule, &c. has a depression in its centre.
- any of the rounded masses that make up the rock variolite
C19: from French, from Medieval Latin; see variola