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scar·i·fy

(skar'i-fī), This word has no relation, etymologically or semantically, to scar.
To produce scarification.

scarify

(skăr′ə-fī′)
tr.v. scari·fied, scari·fying, scari·fies
1.
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.

scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scarify

[sker′əfī]
Etymology: L, scarifare
to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin; to scratch. Vaccination against smallpox is achieved by scarifying the skin under a drop of vaccine. See also scarification.

scar·i·fy

(skahr'i-fī)
To produce scarification by cutting the skin.

scarify,

v to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin.
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nummularia seed and scarification with sandpaper and or treatment with sulphuric acid.
Thichiot said the Vice President could not qualify to carryout the sacrifices since he had no scarifications on his forehead -- a six-line traditional Nuer cutting on the forehead that symbolize the age of manhood of a male -- and has become the rule to conduct sacrifices.
Her first book, Pissstained Stairs and the Monkey Man's Wares, was published in 1969; her subsequent publications included Festivals and Funerals (1971), Scarifications (1973), Mouth on Paper (1977), Firespitter 1977), Coagulations (1984), Poetic Magnetic (1991) and Fragments (1994).