Definitions starting with M

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/méynji hed/ [cf. OED mangy having the mange, from the loss of hair caused by this disease, perhaps influenced by Common Bantu *-pánjà baldness, e.g. Shona mhánzá idem (Carter p.c.)] adj. (of older men) bald: Was one mangy-head old man sitting to the gate (Nassau). = BALL-HEAD, BALL-PLATED, SHINE-HEAD (Black)

Tags: adjective, anatomy

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Last update: 2010-11-11 04:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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Comment of Nicolette Russell:
A 65 year-old male from New Providence, Bahamas stated that the term "Mangy-Head" was used in order to refer to someone that has loss his or her hair because of the disease known as ringworm.
Added at: 2014-03-16 21:32