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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. 2017.
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  • Then they saw the bronze faces with the scalp lock above them, peering forth.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • In his scalp lock was fastened a number of eagle feathers, and of course he wore two or three necklaces of beads and wampum.

  • 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 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
  • It was a disgrace for a warrior to lose his scalp lock, and a great trophy of victory for any foe who cut it off.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • About it lie the Ricahecrians, the moccasins of one touching the scalp lock of another.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Forgetting the urgent need to reach the canoes, he felt with his hand for the Chippeway's scalp lock.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • Ernest began twisting his scalp lock again and Carol hitched up his suspenders to keep up his courage.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • 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
  • His scalp lock was braided; the rest of the hair was well greased and hung to his shoulders.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
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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