[pok] /pɒk/

a pustule on the body in an eruptive disease, as smallpox.
a mark or spot left by or resembling such a pustule.
a small indentation, pit, hole, or the like.
Scot. 2 .
any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
another word for pockmark (sense 1)

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.”

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

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