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scalp lock

a long lock or tuft of hair left on the shorn scalp by some North American Indian men.
Origin of scalp lock
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I wanted to take him by the scalp lock and drag him around on the floor.


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • At last the scalp lock appeared above the bushes and four hearts sank.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The Indian wears his scalp lock for his enemy—when it is cut it is a sign he will never go on the war-path again.

  • From this roach the scalp lock fell back in its natural position.

    Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales George Bird Grinnell
  • In his scalp lock was fastened a number of eagle feathers, and of course he wore two or three necklaces of beads and wampum.

  • His head was thrown back as if in defiance, and above it rose a single red feather twined in the scalp lock.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • This consisted in plucking out the hair of his head, all but a tuft, or scalp lock, to which coloured feathers were tied.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • His head hit the edge of the roof, which laid his scalp lock right back on his head.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • Gents, this here is Dick Merriwell, a fighter from his toes to his scalp lock.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad

    Burt L. Standish
  • White Otter, however, wore a single eagle feather in his scalp lock.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
British Dictionary definitions for scalp lock

scalp lock

a small tuft or plait of hair left on the shaven scalp by American Indian warriors as a challenge to enemies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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