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scalp Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the skin that covers the top of the head
    • they wanted to take his scalp as a trophy
  2. verb sell illegally, as on the black market
  3. verb remove the scalp of
    • The enemies were scalped
WordNet

Scalp noun
Etymology
Cf. Scallop.
Definitions
  1. A bed of oysters or mussels. Scot.
Scalp noun
Etymology
Perhaps akin to D. schelp shell. Cf. Scallop.
Definitions
  1. That part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair.
    By the bare scalp of Robin Hodd's fat friar, This fellow were a king for our wild faction! Shak.
  2. A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, cut or torn off from an enemy by the Indian warriors of North America, as a token of victory.
  3. Fig.: The top; the summit. Macaulay.
Scalp transitive verb
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Scalped ; present participle & verbal noun Scalping
Definitions
  1. To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of.
  2. (Surg.) To remove the skin of.
    We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye]. J. S. Wells.
  3. (Milling.) To brush the hairs of fuzz from, as wheat grains, in the process of high milling. Knight.
Scalp intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To make a small, quick profit by slight fluctuations of the market; -- said of brokers who operate in this way on their own account. Cant

Webster 1913


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