scabrousness


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scab·rous

 (skăb′rəs, skā′brəs)
adj.
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.
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