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An inflamed swelling or sore on the skin.See chilblain
pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, styView synonyms
- ‘The dust of books causes blains and hangnails; ingested it provokes dyspepsia, flatulence, and heartburn; in the lungs it is cancerous.’
- ‘And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast.’
Old English blegen, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch blein.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.