French scarifier, from Late Latin scarificāre, from Latin scarifāre (“to dig”), from Ancient Greek σκαριφᾶσθαι (skariphâsthai, “scratch”), from σκάριφος (skáriphos, “writing, drawing, sketching”)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskæ.ɹɪˌfaɪ/, /ˈskɑː.ɹɪˌfaɪ/
scarify (third-person singular simple present scarifies, present participle scarifying, simple past and past participle scarified)
- (horticulture) To remove thatch (build-up of organic matter on the soil) from a lawn, to dethatch.
- To make scratches or cuts on.
- A combing tool is used to scarify, cross-scratch, or score the surface of a scratch coat or undercoat of plaster.
- (horticulture) To damage the testa (seed coat) of a seed by cutting, scraping, chemicals, hot water, or fire to allow permeation of water and faster germination.
- To break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of a field or road or a hard surface.
- To harrow the feelings.
- (obsolete or nonstandard) To scar.
- (obsolete or nonstandard) Denude, or lay waste to.
to break up, loosen or roughen a surface