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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Scur"vy
  1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy."Whatsoever man . . . be scurvyor scabbed." [Lev. xxi. 18, 20.]
  2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible."A scurvytrick." [Ld. Lytton.]"That scurvy custom of taking tobacco." [Swift.]"He] spoke spoke such scurvy and provoking terms." [Shak.]

Etymology: From Scurf; cf. Scurvy (n.)

noun Scur"vy
A disease characterized by livid spots, especially about the thighs and legs, due to extravasation of blood, and by spongy gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It is accompanied by paleness, languor, depression, and general debility. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food, and hard labor, but especially by lack of fresh vegetable food, or confinement for a long time to a limited range of food, which is incapable of repairing the waste of the system. It was formerly prevalent among sailors and soldiers.

Etymology: Probably from the same source as scorbute, but influenced by scurf scurfy scurvy, adj.; cf. D. scheurbuik scurvy, G. scharbock, LL. scorbutus. Cf. Scorbute

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  1. A condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  2. Of the most contemptible kind ("a scurvy trick")

Noun usage possibly from the adjective scurvy influenced by or a variant of scurfy. Took on meaning of Dutch scheurbuik, French scorbut (“scurvy”), possibly from Old Norse skyrbjúgr, skyr (“sour milk”) + bjúgr (“swelling, tumour”) whence the Icelandic skyrbjúgur (“scurvy”). Compare German Scharbock, Late Latin scorbutus. Alternatively from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German.

  1. (medicine) A disease caused by insufficient intake of vitamin C leading to the formation of livid spots on the skin, spongy gums, loosening of the teeth and bleeding into the skin and from almost all mucous membranes.

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Past life for Scurvy born Jul 31, 1971

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-Central approximately on 1775. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

You had an artistic personality, always transforming ugly into beauty, gray into bright colors. You would find an opportunity of creative self-expression in any situation. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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