Definition of Scalp

1. Noun. The skin that covers the top of the head. "They wanted to take his scalp as a trophy"

Generic synonyms: Cutis, Skin, Tegument
Group relationships: Human Head

2. Verb. Sell illegally, as on the black market.
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Sell
Derivative terms: Scalper

3. Verb. Remove the scalp of. "The enemies were scalped"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Lift

Definition of Scalp

1. n. A bed of oysters or mussels.

2. n. That part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair.

3. v. t. To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of.

4. v. 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.

Definition of Scalp

1. Noun. (context: now dialectal) The top of the head; the skull. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from ¹

3. Noun. A victory. ¹

4. Noun. (Scotland) A bed or stratum of shellfish; a scaup. ¹

5. Verb. To remove the part of the head from where the hair grows, by brutal act or accident. ¹

6. Verb. (slang) To sell for a greatly inflated price to those in desperation, as in scalping tickets to a ball game. ¹

7. Verb. ¹

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Definition of Scalp

1. to remove an upper part from [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Scalp

1. 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!" (Shak) 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. The top; the summit. Scalp lock, a long tuft of hair left on the crown of the head by the warriors of some tribes of American Indians. Origin: Perhaps akin to D. Schelp shell. Cf. Scallop. 1. To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of. 2. To remove the skin of. "We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye]" (J. S. Wells) 3. To brush the hairs of fuzz from, as wheat grains, in the process of high milling. Origin: Scalped; Scalping. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scalp

scalp (current term)
scalp contusion
scalp haematoma
scalp hair
scalp infection
scalp laceration
scalp lock
scalp muscle

Literary usage of Scalp

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"Under the term " scalp " are included the soft structures which cover the ... Section through the scalp and Cranial Wall. bellies, the two occipitales and ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"Treatment of scalp Wounds.—A correspondent has drawn our attention to the ... The scalp is remarkable for the looseness with which it is attached to the ..."

3. Belden, the White Chief: Or, Twelve Years Among the Wild Indians of the Plains by George Pfauts Belden (1875)
"V\7"HEN the Indians first began to scalp people, or where * * they got the idea of cutting off the scalp-lock, it is impossible to tell, but it has been ..."

4. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Stanley P. L. Leong (1922)
"An epithelioma and a sebaceous cyst of the scalp side by side. struck one with ... Though it is not often that scalp cysts degenerate into malignant growths ..."

5. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen (1885)
"When it is so placed that it can be ligatured or excised, as on the lip, or when small, about the neck, face, or scalp, trunk, or extremities, ..."

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