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scurvy

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Definition a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency; symptoms include spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from all mucous membranes
  • The slang term, "limey" to describe someone who is British, arose because of the British navy's use of limes to prevent scurvy.
  • No fear of scurvy or ship fever this voyage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But yesternight, my lord, she and that friar, I saw them at the prison: a saucy friar, A very scurvy fellow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Tuberculosis, pellagra, kwashiorkor, gastro-enteritis, and scurvy bring death and destruction of health.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Get thee glass eyes; And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • There's a lot of scurvy about.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The rest of you scurvy bunch o' lubbers'd do well to follow his lead.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • You know that was a kind of scurvy trick to play on a sister.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ] 'Youth, whatsoever thou art, thou art but a scurvy fellow.'
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • I'd never hev stood for thet scurvy trick.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Ods precious, this is scurvy, 'tis very scurvy: and you are— MOS: Nay, good, sir.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • I shall no more to sea, to sea, Here shall I die a-shore:— This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's funeral: Well, here's my comfort.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • And I think some words that Ginger has scattered among the Dwarfs are chiefly to blame for the scurvy return they made you.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Well, thou hast a son shall take this disgrace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord!
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • I scorn you, scurvy companion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • It had played him a scurvy trick when it fashioned him into the thing he was, and it had played him scurvy tricks ever since.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • When I was a kid in high school I cut out vitamin C, I got scurvy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • It was amazing we'd even made it past grade school without getting scurvy.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Come back, you scurvy dog!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Scurvy trick that 'd been," muttered Bland.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger

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