variole

[vair-ee-ohl]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. vario-,
  2. variocoupler,
  3. variola,
  4. variola virus,
  5. variolate,
  6. varioliform,
  7. variolite,
  8. variolitic,
  9. varioloid,
  10. variolous

Origin of variole

1820–30; < French: variola

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British Dictionary definitions for variole

variole

noun

any of the rounded masses that make up the rock variolite

Word Origin for variole

C19: from French, from Medieval Latin; see variola

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