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[burth-mahrk] /ˈbɜrθˌmɑrk/
a minor disfigurement or blemish on a person's skin at birth; nevus.
Origin of birthmark
1570-80; birth + mark1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Often this eccentricity bore all the marks of strength; perhaps it was actual exuberance of force, a birthmark of genius.

  • But the birthmark on its wrist was branded on my brain so that I could not forget it.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • She gloried in the impact that felled the great brute with the liver patch on his cheek, which was like a birthmark of war.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • A supreme act is recognizable at sight: it bears the birthmark of immortality.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • It seems as if the travail and yearning of his mother had passed upon him as a birthmark.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • "Son of an electric eel," she said when Tel reached her, her birthmark scarlet.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • The father told me that he and his wife were undecided what one of two possible causes was responsible for the birthmark.

  • Did he have a birthmark on his chin, this man you bought the book from?

    The Secret Mark Roy J. Snell
  • They are outside of the individual experience as much as a birthmark.

British Dictionary definitions for birthmark


a blemish or new growth on skin formed before birth, usually brown or dark red; naevus
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Word Origin and History for birthmark

also birth-mark, by 1805, from birth (n.) + mark (n.1). Birth marks in 17c. could be longing marks; supposedly they showed the image of something longed for by the mother while expecting. Related: Birthmarked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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birthmark in Medicine

birthmark birth·mark (bûrth'märk')
A mole or blemish present on the skin from birth; a nevus.

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