scalp / skalp/ • n. the skin covering the head, excluding the face. ∎ hist. the scalp with the hair belonging to it cut or torn away from an enemy's head as a battle trophy, esp. by an American Indian.• v. [tr.] hist. take the scalp of (an enemy). ∎ inf. sell (a ticket) for a popular event at a price higher than the official one: tickets were scalped for forty times their face value.ORIGIN: Middle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.
Hence vb. remove the scalp OF. XVII.
an oyster colony or a mussel bed, 1521.
Examples : mussel scalp; 1557; oyster scalps, 1862.