scalp lock


: a long tuft of hair on the crown of the otherwise shaved head especially of a warrior of some American Indian tribes

Examples of scalp lock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hair from Lakota Sioux leader Sitting Bull's scalp lock, from which DNA was extracted for analysis. Alexandra Larkin, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scalp lock was in 1826

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“Scalp lock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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