One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Partial or general greyness or whiteness of the hair, especially if premature; specifically the presence of a circumscribed area of white hair in the scalp (a white forelock).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Mason Good (1764–1827), physician and surgeon. From post-classical Latin poliosis from ancient Greek πολιός grey + post-classical Latin -osis.
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