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  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.
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Origin of variole

1820–30; < French: variola
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Examples from the Web for variole

Historical Examples of variole

  • When a variole, tubercle, granule, &c. has a depression in its centre.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • A roundish and rather deep depression, larger than a variole.

British Dictionary definitions for variole


  1. any of the rounded masses that make up the rock variolite
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Word Origin for variole

C19: from French, from Medieval Latin; see variola
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