In the 18th century, German immigrants coming to Pennsylvania boarded ships plagued with typhus, dysentery, smallpox, and scurvy.
Tissues were being carefully studied by means of the microscope, and scurvy was subjected to this new method of investigation.
And this is just where his own modesty and self-depreciation have played him a scurvy trick.
In the middle of summer many of his crew were attacked by scurvy.
Have not a score of scurvy plots been laid against her life?
His intelligence is remarkably shown in his greatest triumph, the suppression of scurvy.
An I be not a match for four of these scurvy rascals, call me not knight!
Scores of them went insane or died of consumption, scurvy or suicide before their cases came up for trial.
Fate had played her a scurvy trick in the man she had chosen.
The following Remedies taken inwardly are very good for the scurvy, viz.
1560s, noun use of adjective scurvy "covered with scabs, diseased, scorbutic" (early 15c.), variant of scurfy. It took on the narrower meaning of Dutch scheurbuik, French scorbut "scurvy," in reference to the disease characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, prostration, etc., perhaps from Old Norse skyrbjugr, which is perhaps literally "a swelling (bjugr) from drinking sour milk (skyr) on long sea voyages;" but OED has alternative etymology of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin, as "disease that lacerates the belly," from schoren "to lacerate" + Middle Low German buk, Dutch buik "belly."
scurvy scur·vy (skûr'vē)
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C and characterized by spongy bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and weakness.
Gross; repulsive (College students)