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scalp lock

noun
1.
a long lock or tuft of hair left on the shorn scalp by some North American Indian men.
Origin of scalp lock
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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  • Then they saw the bronze faces with the scalp lock above them, peering forth.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • In his scalp lock was fastened a number of eagle feathers, and of course he wore two or three necklaces of beads and wampum.

  • This consisted in plucking out the hair of his head, all but a tuft, or scalp lock, to which coloured feathers were tied.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • His head was thrown back as if in defiance, and above it rose a single red feather twined in the scalp lock.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It was a disgrace for a warrior to lose his scalp lock, and a great trophy of victory for any foe who cut it off.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • About it lie the Ricahecrians, the moccasins of one touching the scalp lock of another.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Forgetting the urgent need to reach the canoes, he felt with his hand for the Chippeway's scalp lock.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • Ernest began twisting his scalp lock again and Carol hitched up his suspenders to keep up his courage.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • His head hit the edge of the roof, which laid his scalp lock right back on his head.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • His scalp lock was braided; the rest of the hair was well greased and hung to his shoulders.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
British Dictionary definitions for scalp lock

scalp lock

noun
1.
a small tuft or plait of hair left on the shaven scalp by American Indian warriors as a challenge to enemies
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