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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of wig that covers only a part of the head; a scratch.

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Examples

  • We have only to sum up this brief account of the learned Doctor, by informing the reader that he was a tall, lean, beetle-browed man, with an ill-made black scratch-wig, that stared out on either side from his lantern jaws.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • What an odd-looking pair, for instance, were those in ragged coats, one of them with his carroty hair appearing under his scratch-wig, and who entered the church just as the organ stopped!

    The Virginians

  • Whilst the parley occasioned by this incident was going on, Mr. Warrington saw a gentleman in a riding-frock and plain scratch-wig enter the box devoted to the stout personage, and recognised with pleasure his Tunbridge Wells friend, my Lord of March and Ruglen.

    The Virginians

  • Harar sometimes wear a black or white “scratch-wig.”

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • And I wonder whether you remember a little, lean, lively gentleman in a scratch-wig and a wraprascal, that came to Shaws very late of a dark night, and whom you were awakened out of your beds and brought down to the dining-hall to be presented to, by the name of Mr. Jamieson?

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • The ridiculous Somali peruke of crimsoned sheepskin, -- almost as barbarous an article as the Welsh, -- is apparently a foreign invention: I rarely saw one in the low country, although the hill tribes about Harar sometimes wear a black or white "scratch-wig."

    First Footsteps in East Africa

  • In a few minutes I was up and dressed, and so perfectly transformed by the addition of a brown scratch-wig and large green spectacles, and a deep-flapped waistcoat, that my servant, on re-entering my room, could not recognise me.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer — Complete

  • Whilst the parley occasioned by this incident was going on, Mr. Warrington saw a gentleman in a riding-frock and plain scratch-wig enter the box devoted to the stout personage, and recognised with pleasure his

    The Virginians

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