slough Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
noun a hollow filled with mud
noun a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)
noun any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)
verb cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
moult; exuviate; shed; molt.
- our dog sheds every Spring
A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.Chaucer.
He's here stuck in a slough. Milton.
A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river. In this sense local or provincial; also spelt sloo, and slue.
imp. ofChaucer. Slee, to slay. Slew.
The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.
(Med.) The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.
Slough intransitive verb
(Med.) To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; -- often used with off, or away; as, a sloughingulcer; the dead tissues sloughoff slowly.
Slough transitive verb
To cast off; to discard as refuse.
New tint the plumage of the birds, And slough decay from grazing herds. Emerson.
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