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"Yes, scalping must be most interesting," murmured Chrysophrasia, with an air of conviction.

Next to scalping, it is the greatest feat of the Indian warrior.

Their pursuers now dismounted with the intention of scalping them.

You cannot keep him alive for ever killing and scalping him.

What could be in poorer taste than scalping a man between the soup and the remove?

A near-naked Indian was rushing at him out of the water, scalping knife high.

The Indians pursued their warfare by hiding in the bushes and then scalping them.

The Indians first occupied themselves with scalping the corpses of their enemies.

Is not this, then, Scalping Peter, who bears so terrible a name on all this frontier?

Black-deer gave a sarcastic smile, and drew his scalping knife.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "top of the head (including hair)," presumably from a Scandinavian source (though exact cognates are wanting) related to Old Norse skalli "a bald head," skalpr "sheath, scabbard,"from the source of scale (n.1). French scalpe, German, Danish, Swedish skalp are from English. Meaning "head skin and hair as proof of death or a victory trophy" is from c.1600.

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