One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The scar of a healed wound.
welt, wound, lesion, swellingView synonyms
- ‘He remembers how his father, a farmer, bore his own scars, a mesh of cicatrices across his shoulder blades.’
- ‘The pattern of the scars or cicatrices - imitating a crocodile's ridged scales - on the upper torsos of some older men indicate them as members of the crocodile clan.’
- ‘You're turning the colour of those chicken-white cicatrices across the skin of your inner wrists.’
- ‘It was when he reached high that I saw the scar, a deep, ragged cicatrix from above the elbow to the wrist.’
- ‘He made observations regarding initiation cicatrices, the fact that the teeth of male initiands were not removed (unlike tribes on the mainland).’
- 1.1 A scar on the bark of a tree.
- ‘Consequently, the cicatrix displays no growth lines.’
- 1.2Botany A mark on a stem left after a leaf or other part has become detached.
Late Middle English (as cicatrice): from Latin cicatrix or Old French cicatrice.
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