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Meaning of SCURVY

Pronunciation:  'skurvee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  2. [adj]  of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"

SCURVY is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abject, contemptible, low, low-down, miserable, scummy
 See Also: avitaminosis, hypovitaminosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scur"vy\, a. [Compar. {Scurvier}; superl. {Scurviest}.]
    [From {Scurf}; cf. {Scurvy}, n.]
    1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy;
       specifically, diseased with the scurvy. ``Whatsoever man .
       . . be scurvy or scabbed.'' --lev. xxi. 18, 20.
    2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible. ``A scurvy trick.''
       --Ld. Lytton.
             That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. --Swift.
             [He] spoke spoke such scurvy and provoking terms.
  2. \Scur"vy\, n. [Probably from the same source as scirbute,
    but influenced by scurf, scurfy, scurvy, adj.; cf. D.
    scheurbuik scurvy, G. scharbock, LL. scorbutus. Cf.
    {Scorbute}.] (Med.)
    A disease characterized by livid spots, especially about the
    thighs and legs, due to extravasation of blood, and by spongy
    gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It
    is accompanied by paleness, languor, depression, and general
    debility. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food,
    and hard labor, but especially by lack of fresh vegetable
    food, or confinement for a long time to a limited range of
    food, which is incapable of repairing the waste of the
    system. It was formerly prevalent among sailors and soldiers.
    {Scurvy grass} [Scurvy + grass; or cf. Icel. skarfak[=a]l
       scurvy grass.] (Bot.) A kind of cress ({Cochlearia
       officinalis}) growing along the seacoast of Northern
       Europe and in arctic regions. It is a remedy for the
       scurvy, and has proved a valuable food to arctic
       explorers. The name is given also to other allied species
       of plants.