1 puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals; "The men in some African tribes scarify their faces"
2 scratch the surface of; "scarify seeds"
3 break up; "scarify soil" [also: scarified]
- /ˈskæˌɹɪ.faɪ/ a UK
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