1. Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised; said of an animal.

2. <botany> Having the bark so close and constricting that it impedes the growth; said of trees.

3. Untractable; bigoted; obstinately and blindly or stupidly conservative.

4. Niggardly; penurious.

(01 Mar 1998)

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