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 for scurvy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scurvy \Scur"vy\, n. [Probably from the same source as scorbute,
     but influenced by scurf, scurfy, scurvy, adj.; cf. D.
     scheurbuik scurvy, G. scharbock, LL. scorbutus. Cf.
     Scorbute.] (Med.)
     A disease characterized by livid spots, especially about the
     thighs and legs, due to extravasation of blood, and by spongy
     gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It
     is accompanied by paleness, languor, depression, and general
     debility. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food,
     and hard labor, but especially by lack of fresh vegetable
     food, or confinement for a long time to a limited range of
     food, which is incapable of repairing the waste of the
     system. It was formerly prevalent among sailors and soldiers.
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     Scurvy grass [Scurvy + grass; or cf. Icel. skarfak[=a]l
        scurvy grass.] (Bot.) A kind of cress ({Cochlearia
        officinalis) growing along the seacoast of Northern
        Europe and in arctic regions. It is a remedy for the
        scurvy, and has proved a valuable food to arctic
        explorers. The name is given also to other allied species
        of plants.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scurvy \Scur"vy\, a. [Compar. Scurvier; superl. Scurviest.]
     [From Scurf; cf. Scurvy, n.]
     1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy;
        specifically, diseased with the scurvy. "Whatsoever man .
        . . be scurvy or scabbed." --Lev. xxi. 18, 20.
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     2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible. "A scurvy trick."
        --Ld. Lytton.
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              That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. --Swift.
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              [He] spoke spoke such scurvy and provoking terms.
                                                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scurvy
      adj 1: of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low
             stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable
             treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a
             scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick" [syn: abject, low,
             low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy]
      n 1: a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin
           C) [syn: scurvy, scorbutus]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "scurvy":
     Lombardy leprosy, abject, abominable, anemia, ariboflavinosis,
     arrant, atrocious, awful, bad, base, base-minded, beastly,
     beggarly, beneath contempt, beriberi, blameworthy, brutal,
     cachexia, cheap, cheesy, chlorosis, common, contemptible, crummy,
     debased, deficiency anemia, degraded, deplorable, depraved,
     dermatitis, despicable, detestable, dire, dirty, disgusting,
     dishonorable, dreadful, egregious, enormous, execrable, fetid,
     filthy, flagrant, foul, fulsome, gaudy, gimcracky, goiter, grave,
     greensickness, grievous, gross, hateful, heinous, horrible, horrid,
     ignoble, infamous, keratomalacia, kwashiorkor, lamentable, little,
     loathsome, lousy, low, low-down, low-minded, lumpen, maidism,
     malnutrition, mangy, mean, measly, meretricious, miserable,
     monstrous, nasty, nefarious, night blindness, noisome, notorious,
     obnoxious, odious, offensive, osteomalacia, osteoporosis,
     outrageous, paltry, pathetic, pellagra, pernicious anemia, petty,
     pitiable, pitiful, poky, poor, protein deficiency, rachitis, rank,
     regrettable, reprehensible, reptilian, repulsive, rickets, rotten,
     rubbishy, sad, scabby, scandalous, schlock, scrubby, scruffy,
     scummy, scuzzy, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, small, sordid,
     sorry, squalid, struma, terrible, too bad, trashy, trumpery,
     two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny,
     unclean, unmentionable, valueless, vile, villainous,
     vitamin deficiency, woeful, worst, worthless, wretched,
     xerophthalmia
  
  

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