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scabrous adj
1 rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf [syn: lepidote, leprose, scaly, scurfy]
2 dealing with salacious or indecent material; "a scabrous novel"

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  1. covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
    After the incident with the gasoline, Noel's burnt arm remained scabrous, and was susceptible to infections.
  2. having indecent sexual content or connotation, i.e. "rough"
    The novel was a flagrantly scabrous bodice-ripper, and Rachael was ashamed to read it in public.

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