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scabrous (adj.)

1570s, "harsh, unmusical" (implied in scabrously), from Late Latin scabrosus "rough," from Latin scaber "rough, scaly," related to scabere "to scratch, scrape" (see scabies). Sense in English evolved to "vulgar" (1881), "squalid" (1939), and "nasty, repulsive" (c. 1951). Classical literal sense of "rough, rugged" attested in English from 1650s. Related: Scabrously; scabrousness.

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Definitions of scabrous from WordNet

scabrous (adj.)
rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf;
Synonyms: lepidote / leprose / scaly / scurfy
scabrous (adj.)
dealing with salacious or indecent material;
a scabrous novel
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