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

  • n. A belt or girdle worn by men in ancient Greece.
  • n. Herpes zoster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ancient Greek waist-belt for men.
  • n. The disease called herpes zoster (from the typically beltlike pattern of its rash); shingles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Shingles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient Greek costume, a belt or girdle; originally, a warriors' belt round the loins, afterward any girdle or zone, but chiefly one of a kind worn by men.
  • n. Same as herpes zoster (which see, under herpes).

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

  • n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia


Greek zōstēr, girdle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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