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scour 1

 (skour)
v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
v.tr.
1.
a. To clean, polish, or wash by scrubbing vigorously: scour a dirty oven.
b. To remove by scrubbing: scour grease from a pan.
2. To remove dirt or grease from (cloth or fibers) by means of a detergent.
3. To clean (wheat) before the milling process.
4. To clear (an area) by freeing of weeds or other vegetation.
5. To clear (a channel or pipe) by flushing.
v.intr.
1. To scrub something in order to clean or polish it.
2. To have diarrhea. Used of livestock.
n.
1. A scouring action or effect.
2. A place that has been scoured, as by flushing with water.
3. A cleansing agent for wool.
4. scours(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Diarrhea in livestock.

[Middle English scouren, from Middle Dutch scūren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excūrāre, to clean out : Latin ex-, ex-, Late Latin cūrāre, to clean (from Latin, to take care of, from cūra, care; see cure).]

scour′er n.

scour 2

 (skour)
v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
v.tr.
1. To search through or over thoroughly: The detective scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
2. To range over (an area) quickly and energetically.
v.intr.
1. To range over or about an area, especially in a search.
2. To move swiftly; scurry.

[Middle English scouren, to move swiftly, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūr, shower.]

scour′er n.

Scours

An alternate name for dysentery in farm animals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scours - diarrhea in livestock
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
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He darts across the road into the boy's path, but the boy is quicker than he, makes a curve, ducks, dives under his hands, comes up half-a-dozen yards beyond him, and scours away again.
He never could go after even a turnip-cart but he must have the swords and guns all scoured up for it, though they was only lath and broomsticks, and you might scour at them till you rotted, and then they warn't worth a mouthful of ashes more than what they was before.
It is annoy- ing and difficult to scour around after hogs, in armor.
Also among the missing were several mere baronesses -- and I wanted them to stay missing; but no, all that sausage-meat had to be found; so servants were sent out with torches to scour the woods and hills to that end.
There's a strong scour with the ebb," he said, "and this here passage has been dug out, in a manner of speaking, with a spade.
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These initial works mark the start of long-term plans to make the site safe to occupy in the future, so that more people can appreciate the wool scours history.
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Among different causes of neonatal mortality and morbidity, calf scours or neonatal diarrhoea is the most predominant.
I read with interest all the letters about eggs for scours in livestock, and was reminded of Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats (available from the Countryside Bookstore, 1-800-551-5691) and their scour and electrolyte recipes.
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