verb (used with object), scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing.
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Origin of scarify
OTHER WORDS FROM scarifyscar·i·fi·er, nounun·scar·i·fied, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scarifyscarify , scorify
Example sentences from the Web for scarify
I have almost finished No. 3, in which I have relieved my indignant soul with a scarifier.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
For cutting off weeds, the push Hoe or scarifier is excellent.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
In like manner each group of people possesses its scarifier, who by practice becomes adept.Negritos of Zambales|William Allan Reed
When the soil has weathered a few weeks, the scarifier or cultivator should be run over it once monthly until May.The Cauliflower|A. A. Crozier
British Dictionary definitions for scarify (1 of 2)
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
- to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination