pinta

noun (1)
pin·​ta | \ ˈpin-tə How to pronounce pinta (audio) , -ˌtä \

Definition of pinta

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chronic skin disease that is endemic in tropical America, that occurs successively as an initial papule, a generalized eruption, and a patchy loss of pigment, and that is caused by a treponemal spirochete (Treponema careteum) morphologically indistinguishable from the causative agent of syphilis

pinta

noun (2)
\ ˈpīn-tə How to pronounce pinta (audio) \

Definition of pinta (Entry 2 of 2)

British
: a pint of milk

First Known Use of pinta

Noun (1)

1825, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinta

Noun (1)

American Spanish, from Spanish, spot, mark, from Vulgar Latin *pincta

Noun (2)

pint + -a (as in cuppa)

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“Pinta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinta. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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pinta

noun
pin·​ta | \ ˈpint-ə, ˈpin-ˌtä How to pronounce pinta (audio) \

Medical Definition of pinta

: a chronic skin disease that is endemic in tropical America, that occurs successively as an initial papule, a generalized eruption, and a patchy loss of pigment, and that is caused by a spirochete of the genus Treponema (T. careteum) morphologically indistinguishable from the causative agent of syphilis

called also mal del pinto, pinto

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