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A.Word.A.Day--scorbutic

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

scorbutic (skor-BYOO-tik) adjective

Pertaining to or afflicted with scurvy.

[From Latin scorbutus (scurvy) which also shows up in ascorbic acid (scientific name of vitamin C), the deficiency of which causes scurvy.]

See more usage examples of scorbutic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"We found him sure enough, a huge, coarse, red-faced, scorbutic man, with a pair of vivid black eyes which were the only external sign of the very cunning mind within." Arthur Conan Doyle; The Adventure of the Illustrious Client; 1924.

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