whitlow

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Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English, alteration of whitflaw, the first element coming from either Middle Dutch vijt or Low German fit (abscess), borrowed from Latin fīcus (fig-shaped (ulcer)), though also influenced by white.[1] The Latin loan also existed in other languages, such as Old English fic (hemorrhoids). See flaw.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈʍɪt.loʊ/, /ˈwɪt.loʊ/

Noun[edit]

whitlow (plural whitlows)

  1. An infection under the cuticle of a fingernail or toenail.
    • 1874, Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd:
      'Twas a bad leg allowed me to read the Pilgrim's Progress, and Mark Clark learnt All-Fours in a whitlow.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

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