Etymology
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scarp (n.)

"steep slope," 1580s, from Italian scarpa "slope," probably from a Germanic source, perhaps Gothic skarpo "pointed object," from Proto-Germanic *skarpa- "cutting, sharp" (source also of Middle High German schroffe "sharp rock, crag," Old English scræf "cave, grave"), from PIE root *sker- (1) "to cut."

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Definitions of scarp

scarp (n.)
a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion;
Synonyms: escarpment
scarp (n.)
a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification;
Synonyms: escarpment / escarp / protective embankment
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