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scab

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noun \ˈskab\

Definition of scab

  1. 1 :  scabies of domestic animals

  2. 2 :  a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound

  3. 3a :  a contemptible personb (1) :  a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2) :  a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3) :  a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4) :  one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms

  4. 4 :  any of various bacterial or fungus diseases of plants characterized by crustaceous spots; also :  one of the spots

Origin and Etymology of scab

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish skabbr scab; akin to Old English sceabb scab, Latin scabere to scratch — more at shave


First Known Use: 13th century


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scab

intransitive verb

Definition of scab

scabbed

scabbing

  1. 1 :  to become covered with a scab

  2. 2 :  to act as a scab

1683

First Known Use of scab

1683


SCAB Defined for English Language Learners

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scab

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noun \ˈskab\

Definition of scab for English Language Learners

  • : a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals

  • : a worker who does not join a strike or who takes the place of another worker who is on strike


SCAB Defined for Kids

scab

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noun \ˈskab\

Definition of scab for Students

  1. :  a crust mostly of hardened blood that forms over and protects a sore or wound as it heals


Medical Dictionary

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scab

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noun \ˈskab\

Medical Definition of scab

  1. 1:  scabies of domestic animals

  2. 2:  a hardened covering of dried secretions (as blood, plasma, or pus) that forms over a wound—called also crust

scabby

\-ē\play adjective

scabbier

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scab

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of scab

scabbed

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scabbing

  1. :  to become covered with a scab <the wound scabbed over>


Law Dictionary

scab

noun

Legal Definition of scab

  1. 1 :  a worker who refuses to join a labor union

  2. 2 :  a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended

  3. 3 :  a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike :  strike breaker

  4. 4 :  one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms


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