Definition of scalp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skælp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skælp//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1 the skin that covers the part of the head where the hair grows A dry scalp can lead to dandruff. His pink scalp gleamed through his sparse hair. treatment for hair and scalp problems See related entries: Describing hair
  2. 2(in the past) the skin and hair that was removed from the head of a dead enemy by some Native American peoples as a sign of victory
  3. 3(informal) a symbol of the fact that somebody has been defeated or punished They have claimed some impressive scalps in their bid for the championship.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.
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