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pinta

[pin-tuh; Spanish peen-tah]
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.
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Origin of pinta

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]
noun
  1. one of the three ships under the command of Columbus during his first voyage to America in 1492.
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Examples from the Web for pinta

Historical Examples

  • While on the coast of Cuba, Pinzon, the commander of the Pinta, deserted him.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • Three days after the ships had set sail the Pinta lost her rudder.

  • Pinta generally took the lead, I came next, and Wasara third.

  • The other two, the Pinta and Niña, had only decks fore and aft.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

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


British Dictionary definitions for pinta

pinta1

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 areasAlso called: mal de pinto
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Word Origin

C19: from American Spanish, from Spanish: spot, ultimately from Latin pictus painted, from pingere to paint

pinta2

noun
  1. informal a pint of milk
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Word Origin

C20: phonetic rendering of pint of

Pinta

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

(pĭntə, pēntä)
n.
  1. 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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