One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various skin diseases affecting the chin; specifically = "sycosis".
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From classical Latin mentagra an eruptive disease occurring on the chin (only attested in Pliny) from mentum chin + ancient Greek ἄγρα a catching, after classical Latin podagra podagra and chīragra.
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