a disease characterized by multiple skin pustules, as .
Also called soil rot. Plant Pathology. a disease of sweet potatoes, characterized by numerous pitlike lesions on the roots, caused by a fungus, Streptomyces ipomoea.
(used as an interjection to express distaste, rejection, aversion, etc.):
A pox on you and your bright ideas!
any disease characterized by the formation of pustules on the skin that often leave pockmarks when healed
the pox, an informal name for syphilis
(interjection) (archaic) a pox on someone, an expression of intense disgust or aversion for someone
late 15c., spelling alteration of pockes, plural of pocke (see pock (n.)). Especially (after c.1500) of syphilis.
Poxviridae Pox·vir·i·dae (pŏks-vēr’ĭ-dē’) n. A family of large complex DNA viruses, including the vaccinia and variola viruses, that are pathogenic to humans and animals and have an affinity for skin tissue.
[poks-vahy-ruh s] /ˈpɒksˌvaɪ rəs/ noun, plural poxviruses. 1. any of a group of large, brick-shaped DNA-containing that infect humans and other animals, including the of smallpox and various other . poxvirus pox·vi·rus (pŏks’vī’rəs) n. A virus of the family Poxviridae.
/ˈpɒksɪ/ adjective (slang) poxier, poxiest 1. having or having had syphilis 2. rotten; lousy adjective infected with a pox Word Origin from chickenpox, smallpox adj. 1853 in literal sense, from pox + -y (2). As a deprecatory adjective, attested in English dialects by 1899.
[paw-yahng] /ˈpɔˈyɑŋ/ noun 1. a lake in E China, in Kiangsi province. 90 miles (145 km) long.