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. poke2.

before 1000; Middle English pokke, Old English poc; cognate with German Pocke; perhaps akin to Old English pocca. See poke2

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pock (pɒk)
1.  any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
2.  another word for pockmark
[Old English pocc; related to Middle Dutch pocke, perhaps to Latin bucca cheek]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. pocc "pustule," from P.Gmc. *puh(h)- "to swell up, blow up" (cf. Du. pok, Low Ger. poche), from PIE base *bhu- "to swell, to blow." The plural form, M.E. pokkes, is the source of pox, which since early 14c. has been used in the sense "disease characterized by pocks." The verb meaning "to disfigure
with pits or pocks" is attested from 1841. Pock-mark is recorded from 1670s as a noun, 1756 as a verb.
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pock (pŏk)

  1. The characteristic pustular cutaneous lesion of smallpox.

  2. A pockmark.

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Old-growth forests are becoming pock-marked by residential and commercial development.
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