Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Pock-pudding noun A bag pudding; a name of reproach or ridicule formerly applied by the Scotch to the English.

Pockwood noun [ So called because formerly used as a specific for the pock.] (Botany) Lignum- vitæ.

Pocky adjective [ Compar. Pockier ; superl. Pockiest .] Full of pocks; affected with smallpox or other eruptive disease. Bp. Hall.

Poco adverb [ Italian ] (Mus.) A little; -- used chiefly in phrases indicating the time or movement; as, poco piü allegro, a little faster; poco largo, rather slow.

Pocock noun Peacock. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pococurante noun [ Italian poco curante caring little.] A careless person; a trifler. [ R.]

Pococurantism noun Carelessness; apathy; indifference. [ R.] Carlyle.

Pocoson noun Low, wooded grounds or swamps in Eastern Maryland and Virginia. [ Written also poquoson .] Washington.

Poculent adjective [ Latin poculentus , from poculum a cup.] Fit for drink. [ Obsolete] "Some those herbs which are not esculent, are . . . poculent ." Bacon.

Poculiform adjective [ Latin poculum a cup + -form : confer French poculiforme .] Having the shape of a goblet or drinking cup.

Pod noun [ Probably akin to pudding , and perhaps the same word as pad a cushion; confer also Danish pude pillow, cushion, and also English cod a husk, pod.]
1. A bag; a pouch. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Tusser.

2. (Botany) A capsule of plant, especially a legume; a dry dehiscent fruit. See Illust. of Angiospermous .

3. (Zoology) A considerable number of animals closely clustered together; -- said of seals.

Pod auger , or pod bit , an auger or bit the channel of which is straight instead of twisted.

Pod intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Podded ; present participle & verbal noun Podding .] To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.

Podagra noun [ Latin See Podagric .] (Medicine) Gout in the joints of the foot; - - applied also to gout in other parts of body.

Podagric, Podagrical adjective [ Latin podagricus , Greek ..., from ... gout in the feet; ..., ..., Foot + ... a catching.]


1. Pertaining to the gout; gouty; caused by gout.

2. Afflicted with gout. Sir T. Browne.

Podagrous adjective Gouty; podagric.

Podalgia noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ..., foot + ... pain.] (Medicine) pain in the foot, due to gout, rheumatism, etc.

Podarthrum noun ; plural Podarthra . [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ..., foot + ... joint.] (Anat.) The foot joint; in birds, the joint between the metatarsus and the toes.

Podded adjective Having pods.

Podder noun One who collects pods or pulse.

Podesta noun [ Italian podestà , from Latin potestas power, magistracy. See Potent .]


1. One of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages. Brande & C.

2. A mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy.

Podetium noun ; plural Podetia , English Podetiums . [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ..., foot.] (Botany) A stalk which bears the fructification in some lichens, as in the so-called reindeer moss.

Podge noun [ Confer German patsche puddle, mire.]
1. A puddle; a plash. Skinner.

2. Porridge. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Podgy adjective Fat and short; pudgy.

Podical adjective [ Latin podex , podicis , the anus.] (Zoology) Anal; -- applied to certain organs of insects.

Podiceps noun [ New Latin , from Latin podex , podicis , anus + pes foot.] (Zoology) See Grebe .

Podium noun ; plural Podia . [ Latin , from Greek ..., dim. of ..., ..., foot. See Pew .]
1. (Architecture) A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall. It is especially employed by archæologists in two senses: (a) The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began. (b) The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers. See Illust. of Column .

2. (Zoology) The foot.

Podley noun (Zoology) A young coalfish.

Podo- [ See Foot .] A combining form or prefix from Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot ; as, podo carp, podo cephalous, podo logy.

Podobranch noun [ See Podo- , and Branchia .] (Zoology) One of the branchiæ attached to the bases of the legs in Crustacea.

Podobranchia noun , plural Podobranchiæ (-ē). [ New Latin ] (Zoology) Same as Podobranch .

Podocarp noun [ Podo- + Greek karpo`s fruit.] (Botany) A stem, or footstalk, supporting the fruit.

Podocephalous adjective [ Podo- + Greek ... head.] (Botany) Having a head of flowers on a long peduncle, or footstalk.

Podogynium noun [ New Latin , from Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot + gynh` woman.] (Botany) Same as Basigynium

Podophthalmia noun plural [ New Latin See Podophthalmic .] (Zoology) The stalk-eyed Crustacea, -- an order of Crustacea having the eyes supported on movable stalks. It includes the crabs, lobsters, and prawns. Called also Podophthalmata , and Decapoda .

Podophthalmic, Podophthalmous adjective [ Podo- + Greek ... an eye.] (Zoology) (a) Having the eyes on movable footstalks, or pedicels. (b) Of or pertaining to the Podophthalmia.

Podophthalmite noun (Zoology) The eyestalk of a crustacean.

Podophyllin noun [ From Podophyllum .] (Chemistry) A brown bitter gum extracted from the rootstalk of the May apple ( Podophyllum peltatum ). It is a complex mixture of several substances.

Podophyllous adjective
1. (Zoology) Having thin, flat, leaflike locomotive organs.

2. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or composing, the layer of tissue, made up of laminæ, beneath a horse's hoof.

Podophyllum noun [ New Latin , from Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot + ... leaf.]
1. (Botany) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American Podohyllum peltatum , or May apple, the Himalayan P. Emodi .

2. (Medicine) The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple ( Podophyllum peltatum ), -- used as a cathartic drug.

Podoscaph noun [ Podo- + Greek ... boat.] A canoe-shaped float attached to the foot, for walking on water.

Podosperm noun [ Podo- + Greek ... seed: confer French podosperme .] (Botany) The stalk of a seed or ovule.

Podostomata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot + ..., ..., mouth.] (Zoology) An order of Bryozoa of which Rhabdopleura is the type. See Rhabdopleura .

Podotheca noun ; plural Podothecæ . [ New Latin , from Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot + ... case.] (Zoology) The scaly covering of the foot of a bird or reptile.

Podrida noun [ Spanish , rotten.] A miscellaneous dish of meats. See Olla-podrida .

Podura noun ; plural Latin Poduræ , English Poduras . [ New Latin ; Greek poy`s , podo`s , foot + ... tail.] Any small leaping thysanurous insect of the genus Podura and related genera; a springtail.

Podura scale (Zoology) , one of the minute scales with which the body of a podura is covered. They are used as test objects for the microscope.

Podurid noun (Zoology) Any species of Podura or allied genera. -- adjective Pertaining to the poduras.

Poe noun Same as Poi .

Poebird noun (Zoology) The parson bird.

Poem noun [ Latin poëma , Greek ..., from ... to make, to compose, to write, especially in verse: confer French poëme .]
1. A metrical composition; a composition in verse written in certain measures, whether in blank verse or in rhyme, and characterized by imagination and poetic diction; -- contradistinguished from prose ; as, the poems of Homer or of Milton.

2. A composition, not in verse, of which the language is highly imaginative or impassioned; as, a prose poem ; the poems of Ossian.