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

  • n. See felon2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An infection under the cuticle of a fingernail or toenail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inflammation of the fingers or toes, generally of the last phalanx, terminating usually in suppuration. The inflammation may occupy any seat between the skin and the bone, but is usually applied to a felon or inflammation of the periosteal structures of the bone.
  • n. An inflammatory disease of the feet. It occurs round the hoof, where an acrid matter is collected.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A suppurative inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger, usually of the terminal phalanx; felon, panaritium, or paronychia.
  • n. An inflammatory disease of the feet in sheep. It occurs around the hoof, where an acrid matter collects, which ought to be discharged.

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

  • n. a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English whitflawe : perhaps alteration (influenced by white, white) of Middle Dutch vijt, abscess (variant of fijk, fijt, from Latin fīcus, fig, fig-shaped swelling, piles) + Middle English flaue, splinter, flaw; see flaw1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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