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  • n. a scar

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cicatrix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scar; a seam or elevation of flesh remaining after a wound or ulcer is healed: also extended to scars on the bark of trees. See cicatrix.
  • n. Mark; impression.
  • n. A cicatrix, in any sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue


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From Latin cicatrix


  • I remember my favourite English teacher talking about the word 'cicatrice' from My Brother Jack, and how she had looked it up in the dictionary to discover it was the most perfect word in the context it was used.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • I tried to spot the swelling on the photos but wasn't quite sure, so, tell me: is “la piqûre d'abeille” on the same cheek as “la cicatrice”?

    enflure - French Word-A-Day

  • I must go back, I have this cicatrice, scarifice to make.


  • I saw a man struggle with a pick axe to remove the carefully built stone edging with its squared, level surfaces; I heard the rocks thrown in the back of a truck and hauled away; and now I can see the flattened round expanse of dirt that remains like a smoothed over cicatrice.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • The Jewish operator, after snipping off the foreskin, rips up the prepuce with his sharp thumb-nails so that the external cutis does not retract far from the internal; and the wound, when healed, shows a narrow ring of cicatrice.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sur ma radio on peut voir cette grosse cicatrice sur mon poumon c rigolo!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • After her hearing improved he still continued to examine the cicatrice from time to time, pretending to note the speed with which it was disappearing.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Miss Travers, it appeared, had been burnt low down on her neck when a child: the cicatrice could still be seen, though it was gradually disappearing.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Pis aussi faut que je vous montre ma belle cicatrice a l'oeil droit a cause de mon piercing a l'arcade que j'ai du enlever!!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Cette procédure est effectuée sous anesthésie locale, avec quasi-absence de douleur et aucune cicatrice visible.

    Archive 2006-12-01


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  • "A woman reclines in a long dress with fine floral patterning on a bed with a checkered bedspread. Her head scarf is polka-dotted. The bed is placed in front of a wall, which is draped with a paisley cloth. And ever her face is marked with cicatrices."

    "Portrait of a Lady" by Teju Cole, p 129 of Known and Strange Things

    August 20, 2016