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Definition of scabrous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scabrous

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪbrəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪbrəs//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈskæbrəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæbrəs//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) offensive or shocking in a sexual way synonym indecent
  2. 2(specialist) having a rough surface synonym scaly scabrous skin
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (first used to describe an author's style as ‘harsh, unmusical, unpolished’): from French scabreux or late Latin scabrosus, from Latin scaber ‘rough’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scabrous