Wartime austerity did not prevent people coughing up as much as $20 for a scalped ticket.
My own father was scalped, and the fathers of five others were scalped, and their bloody heads were gnawed by the wolf.
The dead bodies of the six were found, pierced with arrows, scalped, and half devoured by wolves.
Bebault was found shot and scalped, although still alive,—a shocking spectacle to look upon.
"I ought to be shot and scalped, for making you take this journey," said Dernor.
When I woke up at midnight, I thought the Indians must have surprised us, scalped me, and left me for dead.
He it was, who ten years previous had scalped the family of the girl, and been her captor.
They killed and scalped eight men, wounding and scalping another that recovered.
Granville had been dragged behind some bushes to be scalped.
The other two children were found hidden in a bed, but also tomahawked and scalped.
mid-14c., "top of the head (including hair)," presumably from a Scandinavian source (though exact cognates are wanting) related to Old Norse skalli "a bald head," skalpr "sheath, scabbard,"from the source of scale (n.1). French scalpe, German, Danish, Swedish skalp are from English. Meaning "head skin and hair as proof of death or a victory trophy" is from c.1600.
"to cut off (someone's) scalp," 1670s, from scalp (n.), originally in reference to North American Indians. For ticket re-selling sense, see scalper. Related: Scalped; scalping. Cf. German skalpern, Danish skalpere, Swedish skalpera. French scalper is from Germanic. Similarity to Latin scalpere "to cut, carve" is accidental.
The skin covering the top of the head.
To sell tickets at a higher than normal or legal price (1883+)