variole

[vair-ee-ohl]
noun
  1. a shallow pit or depression like the mark left by a smallpox pustule; foveola.
  2. 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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variole

noun
  1. 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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