from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scaly eruption of the skin or scalp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scurf or scabby disease, especially of the scalp.
- adj. Scabby; scurfy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scaly eruption on the skin; scab; scurf; scabbiness.
- n. In mining, loose ground; rock which easily becomes loosened, on account of its scaly or foliated structure.
- Mean; paltry.
Middle English, from Old Norse skalli, a bald head; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)