a steep slope; specif., an escarpment or cliff
extending along the edge of a plateau
, mesa, etc.
slope of a ditch below a rampart
to make or cut into a steep slope
to provide with a scarp
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Word origin of 'scarp'
, a scarp, slope < Goth *skrapa
, akin to OE scræf
, cave, hollow < IE *(s)kerb(h)-
, var. of base *(s)ker-
, to cut > shear