Slough

Definition of Slough

Pronunciation: [Pronounced slŌ.]
a.1.Slow.
n.1.A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.
He's here stuck in a slough.
- Milton.
2.A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river.
Slough grass
(Bot.) a name in the Mississippi valley for grasses of the genus Muhlenbergia; - called also drop seed, and nimble Will.
imp.1.imp. of Slee, to slay. Slew.
n.1.The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.
2.(Med.) The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.
v. i.1.(Med.) To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; - often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.
[imp. & p. p. Sloughed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sloughing.]
v. t.1.To cast off; to discard as refuse.
New tint the plumage of the birds,
And slough decay from grazing herds.
- Emerson.

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