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scab·rous  audio  (skbrs, skbrs) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
  2. Difficult to handle; knotty: a scabrous situation.
  3. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin scabrsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy

OTHER FORMS:
scabrous·ly(Adverb), scabrous·ness(Noun)


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