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Etymology

Old English sceabb, Old Norse skabb, Latin scabies "scab, itch, mange." Cognate with Old English scafan, Latin scabere "to scratch"

Noun

Singular
scab

Plural
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  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.
    • 1882: Scab was the terror of the sheep farmer, and the peril of his calling. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 306.
  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. (founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
  7. A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
  8. (slang) A worker who acts against trade union policies, especially a strikebreaker.
  9. (botany) Any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases attacking cultivated plants, and forming dark-colored crustlike spots.

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Verb

Infinitive
to scab

Third person singular
scabs

Simple past
scabbed

Past participle
scabbed

Present participle
scabbing

to scab (third-person singular simple present scabs, present participle scabbing, simple past and past participle scabbed)
  1. (intransitive) To get covered by a scab.
  2. (intransitive) To act as strikebreaker.
  3. (transitive) (Australian slang) To beg (for), cadge, bum
    I scabbed some money off a friend.

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