scabrous

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Latin scabrosus, same root as scab.

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scabrous (comparative more scabrous, superlative most scabrous)

  1. covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
    After the incident with the gasoline, Noel's burnt arm remained scabrous, and was susceptible to infections.
  2. having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
    The novel was a flagrantly scabrous bodice-ripper, and Rachael was ashamed to read it in public.
  3. (figuratively) harsh; unmusical
    • Dryden
      His verse is scabrous and hobbling.

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