stigma

/ˈstɪgmə / (say 'stigmuh)

noun (plural stigmas or stigmata /ˈstɪgmətə / (say 'stigmuhtuh) for defs 1-5 and 7, /stɪgˈmatə/ (say stig'mahtuh) for def. 6)
1. a mark of disgrace; a stain, as on one's reputation.
2. a characteristic mark or sign of defect, degeneration, disease, etc.
3. Pathology a spot or mark on the skin, especially a place or point on the skin which bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
4. Zoology a small mark, spot, pore, or the like, on an animal or organ, as:
a. the eyespot, usually red, of a protozoan.
b. (in insects) an entrance into the respiratory system.
5. Botany that part of a pistil which receives the pollen.
6. (plural) Roman Catholic Church marks said to have been supernaturally impressed upon certain persons in the semblance of the wounds on the crucified body of Christ.
7. (formerly) a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.
{Latin, from Greek}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(made with a hot iron), / , , , , , , , , , ,


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