scabrous

[ skab-ruhs ]
/ ˈskæb rəs /

adjective

having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books.
full of difficulties.

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Origin of scabrous

1575–85; < Latin scab(e)r rough + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for scabrous

scabrous
/ (ˈskeɪbrəs) /

adjective

roughened because of small projections; scaly
indelicate, indecent, or salaciousscabrous humour
difficult to deal with; knotty

Derived forms of scabrous

scabrously, adverbscabrousness, noun

Word Origin for scabrous

C17: from Latin scaber rough; related to scabies
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