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 (skăb′rəs, skā′brəs)
1. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch: a scabrous scar; a plant with scabrous leaves.
2. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.

[Late Latin scabrōsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy.]

scab′rous·ly adv.
scab′rous·ness n.


1. roughened because of small projections; scaly
2. indelicate, indecent, or salacious: scabrous humour.
3. difficult to deal with; knotty
[C17: from Latin scaber rough; related to scabies]
ˈscabrously adv
ˈscabrousness n


(ˈskæb rəs)

1. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
2. indecent; obscene.
3. full of difficulties.
[1575–85; < Latin scab(e)r rough]
scab′rous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scabrous - rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
2.scabrous - dealing with salacious or indecent material; "a scabrous novel"
dirty - (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"


1. Having a surface that is not smooth:
2. Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety:


[ˈskeɪbrəs] ADJescabroso


adj (= indecent)geschmacklos
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