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

  • n. A chronic inflammation of the hair follicles, especially of the beard, characterized by eruption of pimples and nodules.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pustular eruption that affects the scalp or the bearded part of the face

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pustular eruption upon the scalp, or the beared part of the face, whether due to ringworm, acne, or impetigo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An eruption on the bearded face caused by an inflammation of the sebaceous follicles and hair-follicles.
  • n. A fungous sore which resem-bles the pulp of a fig.


Latin sȳcōsis, sore resembling a fig, Greek sūkōsis, from sūkon, fig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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