Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • For example, the use by the Milk Board in Britain of the word pinta is symbolic to residents but not readily meaningful to visitors from, say, America, where milk is usually sold in quarts, not pints, to whom pinta may look more like a female pinto (horse) than a "pint o 'milk."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 3

  • In Lath America an infectious disease called pinta starts with bluish or red pimples and later leaves pale or white patches.

    Chapter 22

  • If the names of his ships had been listed in another way, they would have made the phrase "Holy Mary (Santa María) paints (pinta) the girl (niña)".

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • February 7th, 2007 at 5: 45 am it is so cool, but how you do it. one word “pinta” or that is a good expression of art in a creative way marisol Says:

    Latte Art

  • March 15th, 2007 at 6: 39 am es pinta o genial pero un gasto de comida.

    Latte Art

  • No one knows for sure what causes this disorder, but it is thought to be caused by a treponematosis, a disease caused by a similar but not identical agent as that that causes yaws, pinta or even syphilis.

    Nutrition and health in agriculturalists and hunter-gatherers | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Jules - I'd love a quiet pinta sometime - although I'm less blue now after a nice weekend off.

    Tired on Friday - but who isn't?

  • Moose se dedica al Street art y a la publicidad, pero de una forma un tanto peculiar, en vez de utilizar tinta o pintura como hace el resto de gente que pinta en la calle, él utiliza materiales de limpieza para dejar su marca.

    REVERSE GRAFFITI: Clean Green Street Art | Inhabitat

  • Cuatro tapaos con pinta de muerte en la negrura tironeaban seis miedos y un valor desvelado.

    veruscio Diary Entry

  • Que ricossss los brownies! tienen una pinta deliciosa!

    Brownies: Simple, Sublime

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