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Variole \Va"ri*ole\, n. [Cf. F. variole smallpox. See Variola.]

  1. A foveola.

  2. (Geol.) A spherule of a variolite.

Usage examples of "variole".

Whole tribes of North American Indians have been destroyed by a single exposure to variole, which used to be our mildest form of smallpox.