from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chronic skin infection, usually of the scalp, caused by fungi of the genus Trichophyton and characterized by the development of thick, yellow crusts over the hair follicles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A severe, chronic infection of ringworm.
  • n. A tile or flagstone cut into a hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease of the scalp, produced by a vegetable parasite.
  • n. A tile or flagstone cut into an hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern, as in a pavement; -- called also favas and sectila.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. favi (-vī). A tile or slab of marble cut into a hexagonal shape, so as to produce a honeycomb pattern in pavements.
  • n. In pathology, crusted or honeycombed ringworm, a disease of the skin, chiefly attacking the scalp, but also occurring on any part of the body, characterized by yellowish dry incrustations somewhat resembling a honeycomb. It is produced by the fungus Achorion Schönleinii. The disease is also called tinea favosa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contagious fungal infection of the scalp; occurs mainly in Africa and the Middle East


Latin, honeycomb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin favus ("honeycomb"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Some choice words on this page: honeycombed ringworm, flagstone, vegetable parasite, sectila, incrustations.

    February 3, 2013

  • Not nearly as favorable as the name suggests.

    December 16, 2008