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Definition of the noun scab

What does scab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: scabs

  1. someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
  2. the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: solid body substance = the solid parts of the body
    • more specific word: eschar = a dry scab formed on the skin following a burn or cauterization of the skin
    • part of: cutis / skin / tegument = a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

Alternative definition of the noun scab


  1. An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed during healing.
  2. (colloquial or obsolete) The scabies.
  3. The mange, especially when it appears on sheep.
  4. Several different diseases of potatoes producing pits and other damage on their surface, caused by Streptomyces -bacteria.
  5. Short form for common scab, a relatively harmless variety of 'scab' caused by Streptomyces scabies.
  6. [botany] Any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases attacking cultivated plants, and forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
  7. (founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
  8. A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
  9. [slang] A worker who acts against trade union policies, especially a strikebreaker.

Definition of the verb scab

What does scab mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: scabbed | scabbing | scabs

  1. form a scab
    • example: the wounds will eventually scab
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: heal = get healthy again
  2. take the place of work of someone on strike

Alternative definition of the verb scab


  1. [intransitive] To get covered by a scab.
  2. [intransitive] To act as strikebreaker.
  3. [transitive, Australia] To beg (for), cadge, bum


"Scab": Love sucks and then you die. Then you live to love again in this sexually charged vampire thriller mixing damnation and dildos.


  1. Scab is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Wild.
  2. Scab a.k.a. Michael White is a fictional film character.


Scab is a musical punk group from New Zealand.

  • albums: "Infected", "Scab / Walrora"


  1. Scab a.k.a. El Alba/La Lumbrera Airport is a public use airport located near Melipilla, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile.
  2. Scab is a symptom.
    • also known as Crust

Phrases with Scab

Phrases ending with the word Scab:

  1. wheat scab
  2. russet scab

Other phrases containing the word Scab:

  1. Potato Scab Gnat
  2. potato scab bacteria

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scab

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Google previewWool Markets and Sheep (1898)

We give the following extract from this bulletin: The disease commonly called sheep scab Is the mange, or scabies, of the sheep. It Is a contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite. This disease is one of the oldest known, most prevalent ...

Google previewThe Tailor (1902)

Official Organ of the Journeymen Tailors' National Union

A scab is an animal of the human species, but devoid of any of the fine or manly acts of the rest of mankind.

The scab is a relic of the dark ages before the dawn of Christianity, or founding of the great Roman Empire or its civilizing influence ...

Google previewTreatment and Care of Tree Wounds (1934)

by James Franklin Collins

Scab is a fungous disease that appears as dark, moldy atches on both fruit and leaves. It often causes heavy reduction in yield and serious defoliation in districts having considerable spring rainfall. Spraying, (1) when the winter buds first show ...

Google previewWyman's Gardening Encyclopedia (1986)

by Donald Wyman

Scab diseases are most conspicuous as dark, raised spots on fruit or tubers but they also infect the leaves. Apple scab is the most destructive disease of Mcintosh apples and other susceptible varieties, and a related disease occurs on ...

Google previewU.S. Department of Agriculture Miscellaneous Publication (1930)

Sheep scab is a contagious skin disease caused by a mite which reduces the weight of sheep, brings about unthriftiness, and may cause death. The bureau has been active in eradicating the disease by causing sheep to be dipped in a ...

Google previewFood Grown Right, In Your Backyard (2012)

A Beginner's Guide to Growing Crops at Home by Colin McCrate, Brad Halm

Scab is a bacterial disease that causes corky, cracked lesions on the surface of potatoes. Crops it likes: Beets, carrots, parsnips, radishes, and turnips can be carriers in addition to potatoes, so they should be avoided in the same area ...

Google previewYour Skin Holds You in (2010)

by Becky Baines

W е маю lib A scab is a Band A made of Your skin grows % as you sleep.

Google previewExperiment Station Work, LXVII (1912)

Screening Cabbage Seed Beds, Experiments in Beef Production, Spraying Apple Orchards, Preparation of Choice Hams, New Type of Spray Nozzle, Factors Affecting Fat in Cream, Preparation of Corn for Hogs by Logan Waller Page

Apple scab is a fungous disease of the fruit and foliage of the apple and ranks as the most destructive disease to which this fruit is subject. In unsprayed orchards it often causes the loss of 50 to 75 per cent of the crop, and not infrequently the ...

Google previewThe encyclopedia of practical horticulture (1914)

a reference system of commercial horticulture, covering the practical and scientific phases of horticulture, with special reference to fruits and vegetables by William Worthington

Scab Venturia pyrina. The pear scab is undoubtedly the most serious fungous disease of the pear known to occur in Oregon. This disease is abundant throughout the western part of the state, especially in the Willamette and Umpqua valleys ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

Banana scab moth, Nacoleia octasema (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), is a serious pest of bananas in the Samoan Islands and elsewhere in the southwestern Pacific. The pest also attacks Heliconia spp. and Pandanus spp. Other moths ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Scab, skab,n. a crust formed over asore: ...

Google previewNew Universal Graphic Dictionary of the English Language (1916)

Self-pronouncing ... Based on the Foundation Laid

SCab (skab)> "• an incrustation formed over a wound ; a contagious disease in sheep ; a workman who refuses to join a strike, or who takes the place abandoned by a striker. scab-bard ('ard)- "• the, sheath in which the blade of a sword is kept ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* SCAB. m. s. [seeb, Saxon; so Italian; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

rupi, scurf, scab, itch, small-pox ; G. ruf, rufe, Fr. rouffe, It. ruffia, roffia, scurf; Milan. ruff, sweepings, rubbish, filth, scurf; Venet. rufa, crust, dirt, moss of trees; Swiss riife, riefe, eruption, scab; Sc. rcif, eruption, the itch ; AS. hreof, scab, leprosy ...

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Scrabble value of S1C3A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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