Middle English Dictionary Entry

scab(be n.
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Note: Cp. shab(be n.
(a) Any of various skin diseases characterized by itching, pustules, ulceration, etc.; also, the pustule characteristic of such diseases [quot.: a1398, 1st]; also, scabby or scaly condition of the skin [quot.: c1450]; (b) impetigo; drie scabbe(s; (c) the blotchy condition of the skin characteristic of leprosy or similar skin diseases; also, the discolored patch or ulceration in this disease; (d) an infection on the scalp, tinea, ringworm; also, the condition of the scalp characteristic of this disease; a pustule in the scalp in this disease; (e) a disease in the eyelids characterized by redness, inflammation, itching, burning, pimples, etc.; also, the pimply condition in the eyelids characteristic of this disease [quot.: ?a1425, 3rd].
(a) Any eruption on the skin, a pimple, a blotch, or eczema; (b) any inflamed sore or ulcer on the body, a bodily part, etc.; (c) a scab, crust.
Any of various skin diseases affecting sheep, oxen, horses, hounds, etc., mange, sheep scab; also, an eruption or a swelling in such diseases.

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  • a1500 *Medulla (Hrl 1738)59b/a : Porriginosus: ful of swynys scalbys.
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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. scab.

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Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(b)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. dry scab.