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2 [sluhf]
the outer layer of the skin of a snake, which is cast off periodically.
Pathology. a mass or layer of dead tissue separated from the surrounding or underlying tissue.
anything that is shed or cast off.
Cards. a discard.
verb (used without object)
to be or become shed or cast off, as the slough of a snake.
to cast off a slough.
Pathology. to separate from the sound flesh, as a slough.
Cards. to discard a card or cards.
verb (used with object)
to dispose or get rid of; cast (often followed by off ): to slough off a bad habit.
to shed as or like a slough.
Cards. to discard (cards).
Verb phrases
slough over, to treat as slight or trivial: to slough over a friend's mistake.
Also, sluff.

1250–1300; Middle English slughe, slouh skin of a snake; cognate with German Schlauch skin, bag

sloughiness, noun
sloughy, adjective
unsloughed, adjective
unsloughing, adjective

6. molt. Unabridged
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slough1 (slaʊ)
1.  a hollow filled with mud; bog
2.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  (in the prairies) a large hole where water collects or the water in such a hole
 b.  (in the northwest) a sluggish side channel of a river
 c.  (on the Pacific coast) a marshy saltwater inlet
3.  despair or degradation
[Old English slōh; related to Middle High German sluoche ditch, Swedish slaga swamp]

slough2 (slʌf)
1.  any outer covering that is shed, such as the dead outer layer of the skin of a snake, the cellular debris in a wound, etc
2.  bridge Also: sluff a discarded card
3.  (often foll by off) to shed (a skin, etc) or (of a skin, etc) to be shed
4.  bridge Also: sluff to discard (a card or cards)
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German slū husk, German Schlauch hose, Norwegian slō fleshy part of a horn]

Slough (slaʊ)
1.  an industrial town in SE central England, in Slough unitary authority, Berkshire; food products, high-tech industries. Pop: 126 276 (2001)
2.  a unitary authority in SE central England, in Berkshire. Pop: 118 800 (2003 est). Area: 28 sq km (11 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

"muddy place," O.E. sloh "soft, muddy ground," of uncertain origin, perhaps from P.Gmc. *slokhaz. Figurative use, e.g. of moral sunkenness or Bunyan's "Slough of Despond," attested from mid-13c.

"to cast off" (as the skin of a snake or other animal), 1720, originally of diseased tissue, from M.E. noun slughe, slouh "shed skin of a snake" (c.1300), probably related to O.S. sluk "skin of a snake," M.H.G. sluch "snakeskin, wineskin," M.L.G. slu "husk, peel, skin," Ger. Schlauch "wineskin;" from
P.Gmc. *sluk-, of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE base *sleug- "to glide."
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Medical Dictionary

slough (slŭf)
A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, a sore, or an inflammation. v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.

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slough   (slŭf)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun   The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or an amphibian.

Verb   To shed an outer layer of skin.
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