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- n. A steep cliff or bank.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A precipitous bank or rock; a scar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Scotch form of scare.
- n. Same as scar.
I dare say you have seen upon some dreary moor, or at the foot of some 'scaur' on the hillside, the bleached bones of a sheep, lying white and grim among the purple heather.
Three sons he had, three bright and stirring boys; they must to school, and school was far away; — and they must clamber where the hill – track failed, by narrow ledges through the headlong scaur.
Here is the wonderful reindeer that bore, at Gendin, Peer Gynt over edge and scaur.
So do the shadows and the sunshine wander, elbowing into one another on the moor, and so does the glance of smiling foliage soothe the austerity of crag and scaur.
At the back of the house rose a mountain spine, blocking out the westering sun, but cut with one deep portal where a pass ran into Westmoreland — the scaur-gate whence the house was named; and through this gate of mountain often, when the day was waning, a bar of slanting sunset entered, like a plume of golden dust, and hovered on a broad black patch of weather-beaten fir-trees.
Oh that an abrupt scaur, or a strip of flaming desert, or something salient and brilliant, would break in, however discordantly, upon this monotony of green!
And down the shingly scaur he plunged, and caught,
But its office must not be confounded with that attributed to the sinister-looking scaur of Leucadia; here the erring wives of the Kings of Boma and their paramours found a Bosphorus.
'She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
Purdie said: "I could hae thrawn mine off the head o 'a scaur, and if she had strucken a whinstane rock she wad hae been nae mair blunted than if I had thrawn her on a haystalk."