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scarify

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transitive verb scar·i·fy \ˈsker-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of scarify

scar·i·fiedscar·i·fy·ing

  1. 1 :  to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <scarify an area for vaccination>

  2. 2 :  to lacerate the feelings of

  3. 3 :  to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (as a field or road)

  4. 4 :  to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination

scar·i·fi·er play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun


Origin of scarify

Middle English scarifien, from Middle French scarefier, from Late Latin scarificare, alteration of Latin scarifare, from Greek skariphasthai to scratch an outline, sketch — more at scribe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with scarify

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scarify

transitive verb scar·i·fy

Definition of scarify

scarifiedscarify·ing

scar·i·fy·ing·ly play \-ˌfī-iŋ-lē\ adverb


1785

First Known Use of scarify

1785


Medical Dictionary

scarify

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transitive verb scar·i·fy \ˈskar-ə-ˌfī, ˈsker-\

Medical Definition of scarify

scar·i·fiedscar·i·fy·ing

  1. :  to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <scarify an area for vaccination>





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