from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contagious skin disease prevalent in tropical America, caused by a spirochete (Treponema carateum) and marked by extreme thickening and spotty discoloration of the skin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pint of milk.
- n. A human skin disease endemic to Mexico, Central America, and South America, caused by infection with a spirochete, Treponema pallidum carateum, which is morphologically and serologically indistinguishable from the organism that causes syphilis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A skin-affection which prevails in Mexico.
Spanish, painted mark, colored spot, from Vulgar Latin *pīncta; see pint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the pronunciation of pint o' milk. Compare cuppa. (Wiktionary)