Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as auriscalp.
  • noun [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks.

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  • noun A genus of mushrooms
  • noun Ear picks

Etymologies

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The word is compounded of the Latin auris (ear); and scalpo (I scratch).

Examples

  • The work itself and later apologies for the institution mention among the instruments of torture a comb and scissors for cutting the victim's hair, an _auriscalpium_ for his ears, a knife for cutting his nails; while the ceremony further appears to include the adornment of the youth's chin with a beard by means of burned cork or other pigment, and the administration, (p.  120) internal or external, of salt and wine. "

    Life in the Medieval University

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