(noun, verb)


1. necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

Similar word(s): gangrene, sphacelus

Definition categories: state, pathology

2. a hollow filled with mud

Definition categories: object, bog

3. a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)

Definition categories: object, swamp, swampland

4. any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)

Definition categories: object, cover, covering

Sentences with slough as a noun:

- That is the slough of a rattler; we must be careful.

- This is the slough that came off of his skin after the burn.

- We paddled under a canopy of trees through the slough.

- The Sacramento River Delta contains dozens of sloughs that are often used for water-skiing and fishing.

- John is in a slough.

- Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.


1. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

Similar word(s): exuviate, molt, moult, shed

Definition categories: body, cast, drop, shed, throw

Sentences with slough as a verb:

- This skin is being sloughed.

- A week after he was burned, a layer of skin on his arm sloughed off.

- East sloughed a heart.