Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic A spreading skin eruption or disease, such as ringworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dry, scaly eruption on the skin; especially, a ringworm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dry, scaly eruption on the skin; especially, a ringworm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One or another form of herpes. See shingles.

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Medieval Latin serpīgō, from Latin serpere, to creep.

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  • after 'serpent', connected by the Greek motorway to "herpes"?

    December 13, 2009

  • Or the true story of New York City policeman who went undercover to expose the corruption of his fellow officers--and ate far too many doughnuts in the process. ;->

    November 3, 2008

  • A dry, scaly eruption on the skin; especially, a ringworm.

    November 3, 2008