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Meaning of SLOUGH

Pronunciation:  slaw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)
  2. [n]  a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)
  3. [n]  a hollow filled with mud
  4. [n]  necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
  5. [v]  cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; of animals

SLOUGH is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: exuviate, gangrene, molt, moult, shed, sphacelus
 See Also: bog, cast, cast off, cover, covering, desquamate, drop, dry gangrene, mummification, natural covering, pathology, peat bog, peel off, shake off, swamp, swampland, throw, throw away, throw off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Slough\, a.
    Slow. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Slough\, n. [OE. slogh, slough, AS. sl[=o]h a hollow
    place; cf. MHG. sl[=u]ch an abyss, gullet, G. schlucken to
    swallow; also Gael. & Ir. sloc a pit, pool. ditch, Ir. slug
    to swallow. Gr. ????? to hiccough, to sob.]
    1. A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.
             He's here stuck in a slough.          --Milton.
    2. [Pronounced sl[=oo].] A wet place; a swale; a side channel
       or inlet from a river.
    Note: [In this sense local or provincial; also spelt {sloo},
          and {slue}.]
    {Slough grass} (Bot.), a name in the Mississippi valley for
       grasses of the genus {Muhlenbergia}; -- called also {drop
       seed}, and {nimble Will}.
  3. \Slough\, obs.
    imp. of {Slee}, to slay. Slew. --Chaucer.
  4. \Slough\, n. [OE. slugh, slouh; cf. MHG. sl?ch the skin
    of a serpent, G. schlauch a skin, a leather bag or bottle.]
    1. The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of
       some similar animal.
    2. (Med.) The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead
       part which separates from the living tissue in
  5. \Slough\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sloughed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sloughing}.] (Med.)
    To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from
    the living tissues; -- often used with off, or away; as, a
    sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.
  6. \Slough\, v. t.
    To cast off; to discard as refuse.
          New tint the plumage of the birds, And slough decay
          from grazing herds.                      --Emerson.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A wet place of deep mud or mire; a sluggish channel; a swamp, bog, or marsh, especially one that is part of an inlet or backwater.
    1. A side or overflow channel in which water occasionally is stagnant or slack.
    2. A waterway in a tidal marsh.
  2. Slide or slipout of a thin mantle of earth, especially in a series of small movements.