|1.||the dried crusty surface of a healing skin wound or sore|
|2.||a contagious disease of sheep, a form of mange, caused by a mite (Psoroptes communis)|
|3.||a fungal disease of plants characterized by crusty spots on the fruits, leaves, etc|
|a. Also called: blackleg a person who refuses to support a trade union's actions, esp one who replaces a worker who is on strike|
|b. (as modifier): scab labour|
|5.||a despicable person|
|—vb , scabs, scabbing, scabbed|
|6.||to become covered with a scab|
|7.||(of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop|
|8.||to replace a striking worker|
|[Old English sceabb; related to Old Norse skabb, Latin scabiēs, Middle Low German schabbe scoundrel, German schäbig|
A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.
Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
|scab (skāb) Pronunciation Key
A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.