Definition for SCAR

SCAR, n. [Fr. escarre; Arm. scarr or yscar; It. escara; Gr. εσχαρα; Dan. skar; probably from the root of shear, share, to cut, Sax. sciran, scearan, whence Dan. skaar, a notch.]

  1. A mark in the skin or flesh of an animal, made by a wound or an ulcer, and remaining after the wound or ulcer is healed. The soldier is proud of his scars.
  2. Any mark or injury; a blemish. The earth had the beauty of youth … and not a wrinkle, scar or fracture on its body. – Burnet.
  3. [L. scarus; Gr. σκαρος.] A fish of the Labrus kind. Dict. Nat. Hist.

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