soil rot

noun Plant Pathology.
pox ( def 3 ). Unabridged


noun Pathology.
a disease characterized by multiple skin pustules, as smallpox.
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 interjectionally to express distaste, rejection, aversion, etc.): A pox on you and your bright ideas!

1540–50 (earlier as surname); spelling variant of pocks, plural of pock Unabridged
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pox (pɒks)
1.  any disease characterized by the formation of pustules on the skin that often leave pockmarks when healed
2.  the pox an informal name for syphilis
3.  archaic (interjection) a pox on someone an expression of intense disgust or aversion for someone
[C15: changed from pocks, plural of pock]

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1476, spelling alteration of pockes, pl. of pocke (see pock). Especially (after 1503) of syphilis.
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pox (pŏks)

  1. A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.

  2. Syphilis.

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