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Verb: scarify  'skeh-ru,fI
  1. Puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals
    "The men in some African tribes scarify their faces"
     
  2. Scratch the surface of
    "scarify seeds"
     
  3. Break up
    "scarify soil"

Derived forms: scarified, scarifies, scarifying

Type of: loosen, mark, nock, puncture, score

Encyclopedia: Scarify