scalp lock


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scalp lock a long tuft of hair left on top of the shaven head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scalp lock a long tuft of hair left on the crown of the head by the warriors of some tribes of American Indians.
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In literature:

About it lie the Ricahecrians, the moccasins of one touching the scalp lock of another.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
He was so proud of himself that he walked around like a great chief, who wears a war shirt with many scalp locks on it.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
His head was shaved, and one long scalp-lock hung behind him.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Some of them clutched at their scalp locks, as if to make sure of their continued existence.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
This was called the scalp-lock.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
His head was shaved, and one long scalp-lock hung behind.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
The hero's shield is round and white; his lance is tall; long are the scalp-locks of his enemies.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
I caught hold of his scalp-lock with one hand, and drew my wooden scalping-knife around his head with the other.
"Harper's Young People, June 29, 1880" by Various
This consisted in plucking out the hair of his head, all but a tuft, or scalp lock, to which coloured feathers were tied.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
To gain that scalp-lock under fire would be an exploit worth telling to their grandchildren in after years.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt

In poetry:

Painted and plumed, with scalp-locks flowing,
And red arms tossing and black eyes glowing,
Now in the light and now in the shade
Around the fires the dancers played.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For he chases alike every form that has breath,
And his darts must strike all,--for that hunter is Death!!
Lo! a skeleton armed, and his scalp-lock yet streams;
From this vision of fear of the Iroquois' dreams!
"The Strong Hunter" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Sam recommends lathering your locks from underneath first, moving all the way down to the scalp since curls tend to repel water.