|1.||a hollow filled with mud; bog|
|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]|
|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|
|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]|
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.
|slough (slŭf) Pronunciation Key
Noun The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or an amphibian.
Verb To shed an outer layer of skin.