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pock

[pok]
noun
  1. a pustule on the body in an eruptive disease, as smallpox.
  2. a mark or spot left by or resembling such a pustule.
  3. a small indentation, pit, hole, or the like.
  4. Scot. poke2.
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Origin of pock

before 1000; Middle English pokke, Old English poc; cognate with German Pocke; perhaps akin to Old English pocca. See poke2
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scarpockmarkspotmarkblemishholepustule

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British Dictionary definitions for pocks

pock

noun
  1. any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
  2. another word for pockmark (def. 1)
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Derived Formspocky, adjective

Word Origin

Old English pocc; related to Middle Dutch pocke, perhaps to Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for pocks

pock

n.

Old English pocc "pustule, blister, ulcer," from Proto-Germanic *puh(h)- "to swell up, blow up" (cf. Middle Dutch pocke, Dutch pok, East Frisian pok, Low German poche, dialectal German Pfoche), from PIE root *beu- "to swell, to blow" (see bull (n.2)). Middle French pocque is from Germanic. The plural form, Middle English pokkes, is the source of pox, which since early 14c. has been used in the sense "disease characterized by pocks."

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pock

v.

"to disfigure with pits or pocks," 1841. Related: Pocked; pocking.

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pocks in Medicine

pock

(pŏk)
n.
  1. The characteristic pustular cutaneous lesion of smallpox.
  2. A pockmark.
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