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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scalp(verb)

    the skin that covers the top of the head

    "they wanted to take his scalp as a trophy"

  2. scalp(verb)

    sell illegally, as on the black market

  3. scalp(verb)

    remove the scalp of

    "The enemies were scalped"


  1. scalp(Noun)

    The top of the head; the skull.

    Some tribes used to collect scalps to prove how many of the enemy they had killed in battle.

  2. scalp(Noun)

    The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from

  3. scalp(Noun)

    A victory.

    It turns out old Tweets can come back to haunt you! Or at least derail your political aspirations. Yes, social media has claimed its first scalp with Twitter drawing first blood on the election trail.

  4. scalp(Noun)

    A bed or stratum of shellfish; a scaup.

  5. scalp(Verb)

    To remove the part of the head from where the hair grows, by brutal act or accident.

  6. scalp(Verb)

    To sell for a greatly inflated price to those in desperation, as in scalping tickets to a ball game.

  7. Origin: Originally a northern word, and therefore presumed to come from a Scandinavian source, although the sense-development is unclear; compare Old Norse skálpr, Middle Dutch schelpe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scalp(noun)

    a bed of oysters or mussels

  2. Scalp(noun)

    that part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair

  3. Scalp(noun)

    a part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, cut or torn off from an enemy by the Indian warriors of North America, as a token of victory

  4. Scalp(noun)

    fig.: The top; the summit

  5. Scalp(verb)

    to deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of

  6. Scalp(verb)

    to remove the skin of

  7. Scalp(verb)

    to brush the hairs or fuzz from, as wheat grains, in the process of high milling

  8. Scalp(verb)

    to make a small, quick profit by slight fluctuations of the market; -- said of brokers who operate in this way on their own account

  9. Origin: [Perhaps akin to D. schelp shell. Cf. Scallop.]


  1. Scalp

    The scalp is the anatomical area bordered by the face anteriorly and the neck to the sides and posteriorly.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scalp

    skalp, n. the outer covering of the skull or brain-case, including the skin, the expanded tendon of the occipito-frontalis muscle, with intermediate cellular tissue and blood-vessels: the skin on which the hair grows: the skin of the top of the head, together with the hair, torn off as a token of victory by the North American Indians: the skin of the head of a noxious wild animal: (her.) the skin of the head of a stag with the horns attached: a bed of oysters or mussels (Scot. Scaup).—v.t. to cut the scalp from: to flay: to lay bare: to deprive of grass: to sell at less than recognised rates: to destroy the political influence of.—ns. Scal′per, one who scalps; a machine for removing the ends of grain, as wheat or rye, or for separating the different grades of broken wheat, semolina, &c.: one who buys and sells railroad tickets, &c., at less than the official rates, a ticket-broker: an instrument used by surgeons for scraping carious bones (also Scal′ping-ī′ron); Scal′ping-knife, a knife, formerly a sharp stone, used by the Indians of North America for scalping their enemies; Scal′ping-tuft, a scalp-lock.—adj. Scalp′less, having no scalp, bald.—n. Scalp′-lock, a long tuft of hair left by the North American Indians as a challenge. [Old Dut. schelpe, a shell; cf. Ger. schelfe, a husk; a doublet of scallop.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Scalp

    The outer covering of the calvaria. It is composed of several layers: SKIN; subcutaneous connective tissue; the occipitofrontal muscle which includes the tendinous galea aponeurotica; loose connective tissue; and the pericranium (the PERIOSTEUM of the SKULL).

Anagrams for scalp »

  1. clasp

  2. claps

  3. calps

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scalp in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scalp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of scalp in a Sentence

  1. Mat Staver:

    They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy.

  2. Myckelle Williams:

    Her head was hurting. Her neck was hurting. Her scalp was hurting, and she was just crying.

  3. Petra Novotna:

    I went to run, and then I saw my scalp was no longer attached to me— it was lying next to me instead.

  4. Jay Ree:

    I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I’ve never seen anything that can combat scalp buildup before, it’s quite fascinating.

  5. Kelly Knudson:

    By looking at how far the hair is from the scalp, we were able to look at what they were eating in particular weeks or months before they died.

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