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SCUR'VY, n. [from scurf; scurvy for scurfy; Low L. scorbutus.] A disease characterized by great debility, a pale bloated face, bleeding spongy gums, large livid tumors on the body, offensive breath, aversion to exercise, oppression at the breast or difficult respiration, a smooth, dry, shining skin, &c.; a disease most incident to persons who live confined, or on salted meats without fresh vegetables in cold climates.

SCUR'VY, a.

1. Scurfy; covered or affected by scurf or scabs; scabby; diseased with scurvy.

2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; worthless; contemptible; as a scurvy fellow.

He spoke scurvy and provoking terms. Shak.

That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. Swift.




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SCUR'VY, n. [from scurf; scurvy for scurfy; Low L. scorbutus.] A disease characterized by great debility, a pale bloated face, bleeding spongy gums, large livid tumors on the body, offensive breath, aversion to exercise, oppression at the breast or difficult respiration, a smooth, dry, shining skin, &c.; a disease most incident to persons who live confined, or on salted meats without fresh vegetables in cold climates.

SCUR'VY, a.

1. Scurfy; covered or affected by scurf or scabs; scabby; diseased with scurvy.

2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; worthless; contemptible; as a scurvy fellow.

He spoke scurvy and provoking terms. Shak.

That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. Swift.


SCUR'VY, a.

  1. Scurfy; covered or affected by scurf or scabs; scabby; diseased with scurvy. – Leviticus.
  2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; worthless; contemptible; as, a scurvy fellow. He spoke scurvy and provoking terms. – Shak. That scurry custom of taking tobacco. – Swift.

SCUR'VY, n. [from scurf; scurvy for scurfy; Low L. scorbutus.]

A disease characterized by livid spots of various sizes, sometimes minute and sometimes large, and occasioned by extravasation of blood under the cuticle, paleness, languor, lassitude, and depression of spirits, general exhaustion, pains in the limbs, occasionally with fetid breath, spungy and bleeding gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food and hard labor in conjunction; but more especially by confinement for a long period of time, to a limited range of food, which is incapable of supplying the elements necessary to repair the waste of the system. This disease has been called purpura by some nosologists, but by Good, it is more appropriately styled porphyra.


Scur"vy
  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. 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. skarfakl 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.

  3. 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. Shak.

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Scurvy

SCUR'VY, noun [from scurf; scurvy for scurfy; Low L. scorbutus.] A disease characterized by great debility, a pale bloated face, bleeding spongy gums, large livid tumors on the body, offensive breath, aversion to exercise, oppression at the breast or difficult respiration, a smooth, dry, shining skin, etc.; a disease most incident to persons who live confined, or on salted meats without fresh vegetables in cold climates.

SCUR'VY, adjective

1. Scurfy; covered or affected by scurf or scabs; scabby; diseased with scurvy

2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; worthless; contemptible; as a scurvy fellow.

He spoke scurvy and provoking terms. Shak.

That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. Swift.

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