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Webster 1913 Edition


Scalp

Scalp

(skălp)
,
Noun.
[Cf.
Scallop
.]
A bed of oysters or mussels.
[Scot.]

Scalp

,
Noun.
[Perhaps akin to D.
schelp
shell. Cf.
Scallop
.]
1.
That part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair.
By the bare
scalp
of Robin Hodd’s fat friar,
This fellow were a king for our wild faction!
Shakespeare
2.
A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, cut or torn off from an enemy by the Indian warriors of North America, as a token of victory.
3.
Fig.: The top; the summit.
Macaulay.
Scalp lock
,
a long tuft of hair left on the crown of the head by the warriors of some tribes of American Indians.

Scalp

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Scalped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Scalping
.]
1.
To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of.
2.
(Surg.)
To remove the skin of.
We must
scalp
the whole lid [of the eye].
J. S. Wells.
3.
(Milling)
To brush the hairs or fuzz from, as wheat grains, in the process of high milling.
Knight.

Scalp

,
Verb.
I.
To make a small, quick profit by slight fluctuations of the market; – said of brokers who operate in this way on their own account.
[Cant]

Webster 1828 Edition


Scalp

SCALP

,
Noun.
[L. scalpo.]
1.
The skin of the top of the head; as a hairless scalp.
2.
The skin of the top of the head cut or torn off. A scalp among the Indians of America is a trophy of victory.

SCALP

,
Verb.
T.
To deprive of the scalp, or integuments of the head.

Definition 2022


scalp

scalp

English

Noun

scalp (plural scalps)

  1. (now dialectal) The top of the head; the skull.
  2. The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from.
  3. A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, formerly cut or torn off from an enemy by Native American warriors as a token of victory.
    Some tribes used to collect scalps to prove how many of the enemy they had killed in battle.
  4. A victory, especially at the expense of someone else.
    • 1993, John Frohnmayer, Leaving Town Alive: Confessions of an Arts Warrior (page 331)
      Pat Buchanan, in his ongoing presidential quest, claimed his first scalp, and Donald Wildmon's newsletter chortled that his efforts in opposing the NEA had paid off.
  5. (Scotland) A bed or stratum of shellfish; a scaup.
  6. (figuratively) The top; the summit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)

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Verb

scalp (third-person singular simple present scalps, present participle scalping, simple past and past participle scalped)

  1. To remove the scalp (part of the head from where the hair grows), by brutal act or accident.
  2. (slang) To resell, especially tickets, usually for an inflated price, often illegally.
  3. To screen or sieve ore before further processing
    scalped ore
  4. (surgery) To remove the skin of.
    • J. S. Wells
      We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye].
  5. (milling) To brush the hairs or fuzz from (wheat grains, etc.) in the process of high milling.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)

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