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

  • adj. Scabby; scurfy.
  • n. A scurf or scabby disease, especially of the scalp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mean; paltry.
  • 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.


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)



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