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scarify

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verb scar·i·fy \ˈsker-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of scarify

scarified

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scarifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make scratches or small cuts in (something, such as the skin) scarify an area for vaccination

  3. 2 :  to lacerate the feelings of

  4. 3 :  to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (something, such as a field or road)

  5. 4 :  to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination

scarifier

play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

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Origin and Etymology 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


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scarify

verb scar·i·fy

Definition of scarify

scarified

;

scarifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  scare, frighten

scarifyingly

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

scarified

;

scarifying

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



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