the dry pox


the dry pox
   obsolete
   syphilis
   More usual as the pox, tout court:
    The disease communicated by the Malays, Lascars, and the Orientals generally...goes by the name of the Dry . (Mayhew, 1862 — he isn't always so squeamish)

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