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scalp lock

noun
  1. a long lock or tuft of hair left on the shorn scalp by some North American Indian men.
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Origin of scalp lock

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for scalp lock

Historical Examples

  • I, myself, have taken one by the very middle of his scalp-lock.

    Omaha sociology (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (pages 205-370))

    James Owen Dorsey

  • His head is shaved bare, excepting the scalp-lock at the back.

  • But the contour of the scalp-lock, shoulders and chest was unmistakable.

    Ned in the Block-House

    Edward S. Ellis

  • It was in the country of the Illinois, and he wrapped my scalp-lock around his fingers.

    The Story of Tonty

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • Holding his smoking rifle in one hand, he passed the other over his scalp-lock.

    The Way of an Indian

    Frederic Remington


British Dictionary definitions for scalp lock

scalp lock

noun
  1. a small tuft or plait of hair left on the shaven scalp by American Indian warriors as a challenge to enemies
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