Definition of scalp in English:

scalp

Syllabification: scalp
Pronunciation: /skalp
 
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noun

  • 1The skin covering the head, excluding the face.
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    • Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly.
    • Medically speaking, it is a condition where the skin cells on the scalp go into over drive and are produced in excess, which gives rise to irritation and itching.
    • Dandruff is characterised by small, loose flakes of dead skin on the scalp or trapped in the hair.
  • 1.1 historical The scalp with the hair belonging to it cut or torn away from an enemy’s head as a battle trophy, especially by an American Indian.
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    • Young Pawnee warriors proudly stole horses and scalps from their enemies, the Sioux.
    • The differences between what happened at Fort William Henry and at Niagara need not be seen as evolutionary; the aftermath of battle had yielded many scalps and prisoners for the Iroquois at Niagara.
    • After the Indians killed soldiers, they would take their scalps as trophies.

verb

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  • 1Take the scalp of (an enemy).
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    • This squares with the team song, which goes on about scalping the enemy and other warrior skills, befitting for a game of violence, which football clearly is (I speak as a fan).
    • Historians Hippocrates and Herodotus thought that the Amazons had to fight until they had scalped three enemies before they were permitted to mate.
    • Where almost all the bodies of the Cavalry soldiers had been scalped the bodies of Keogh and Custer were not harmed apart from their battle wounds.
  • 1.1 informal Punish severely: if I ever heard anybody doing that, I’d scalp them
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    • I would like feedback on this new project I'm working on though, without posting it preferably, because I have a feeling I'd be scalped for starting something new when I'm working on this.
    • He carefully moved aside papers; he knew if he messed up his mother's work she'd scalp him.
  • 1.2North American informal Sell (a ticket) for a popular event at a price higher than the official one: tickets were scalped for forty times their face value
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    • Last spring, fans scalped tickets at Boston-New York spring training games!
    • Bobby began his working life scalping tickets to Boston Celtics games and ended up buying the hallowed parquet floor of the Boston Garden before it was torn down.
    • Tickets were being scalped for $200, and commemorative pins were sold to mark the occasion.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.

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