scour [1] VERB 1) clean or brighten by vigorous rubbing with an abrasive or detergent. 2) (of running water) erode (a channel or pool).
NOUN 1) the action of scouring or the state of being scoured. 2) (also scours) diarrhoea in livestock, especially cattle and pigs.
DERIVATIVES scourer noun.
ORIGIN Old French escurer, from Latin excurare 'clean (off)' .
scour [2] VERB 1) subject to a thorough search. 2) move rapidly.
ORIGIN related to obsolete scour «moving hastily», of unknown origin.

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