[ verb ] puncture the skin, as, for example, in some African cultures; for ritual purposes
Used in print(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
I learned , for_example , that he made a practice of yapping at dogs he encountered and , in winter , of sprinkling salt on the icy pavement to scarify their feet .
[ verb ] scratch the surface of
[ verb ] break up, of soil