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Meaning of SCARIFY

Pronunciation:  'skaru`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals; "The men in some African tribes scarify their faces"
  2. [v]  break up, of soil
  3. [v]  scratch the surface of; "scarify seeds"

SCARIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: loosen, mark, nock, puncture, score



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Scar"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scarified}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Scarifying}.] [F. scarifier, L. scarificare,
scarifare, fr. Gr. ? to scratch up, fr. ? a pointed
1. To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. (Med.), to make small
   incisions in, by means of a lancet or scarificator, so as
   to draw blood from the smaller vessels without opening a
   large vein.

2. (Agric.) To stir the surface soil of, as a field.

Biology Dictionary
  1. To abrade, scratch, or modify the surface.
  2. To scratch the impervious seed coat of a hard seed.
  3. To break the surface of the soil.