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scurvy

scur·vy

scurvy

 
 
pronunciation:
skuhr vi
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a potentially fatal disorder caused by a lack of vitamin C in one's diet, usu. accompanied initially by weakness and bleeding gums.
More sailors died of scurvy on the voyage than died in battle.The seamen were supplied with citrus juice so that scurvy could be prevented.
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: scurvier, scurviest
definition: of a person or animal, vile, contemptible, or worthless.
That scurvy rogue held up the coach and robbed the passengers.Why do you keep that scurvy dog in the house?
similar words:
ignoble, ignominious, pitiful
derivation: scurviness (n.)
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