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Meaning of scurvy

scur•vy

Pronunciation: (skûr'vē), [key]
— n., adj., -vi•er, -vi•est.
—n.
  1. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, prostration, etc., due to a diet lacking in vitamin C.
—adj.
  1. contemptible; despicable; mean: a scurvy trick.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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