scurf

scurf
scurf NOUN flakes on the surface of the skin that form as fresh skin develops below, occurring especially as dandruff.
DERIVATIVES scurfy adjective.
ORIGIN from Old English, 'cut to shreds' .

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  • Scurf — Scurf, n. [AS. scurf, sceorf, or from Scand.; cf. Sw. skorf, Dan. skurv, Icel. skurfur, D. schurft, G. schorf; all akin to AS. scurf, and to AS. sceorfan to scrape, to gnaw, G. sch[ u]rfen to scrape, and probably also to E. scrape. Cf. {Scurvy}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scurf|y — «SKUR fee», adjective, scurf|i|er, scurf|i|est. 1. covered with scurf. 2. of or like scurf …   Useful english dictionary

  • scurf — late O.E. sceorf, from P.Gmc. *skurf (Cf. Dan. skurv, M.Du. scorf, Du. schurft, O.H.G. scorf, Ger. Schorf scurf ), probably from the same root as O.E. sceorfan to gnaw, scearfian to cut into shreds …   Etymology dictionary

  • scurf — scurf·er; scurf; …   English syllables

  • scurf — [skʉrf] n. [ME < ON * skurfr, akin to OE sceorf, Ger schorf < IE * (s)kerb(h) < base * (s)ker , to cut > SHEAR] 1. little, dry scales shed by the skin, as dandruff 2. any scaly coating, as on some plants, sometimes indicating a… …   English World dictionary

  • scurf — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic skurfa scurf; akin to Old High German scorf scurf, Old English sceorfan to scarify Date: before 12th century 1. thin dry scales detached from the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scurf — scurflike, adj. /skerrf/, n. 1. the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin. 2. any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface. [bef. 1000; ME, OE < ON skurfa scurf, crust] * * * …   Universalium

  • scurf — SYN: dandruff. [A.S.] * * * scurf skərf n thin dry scales detached from the epidermis esp. in an abnormal skin condition specif DANDRUFF scurfy skər fē adj …   Medical dictionary

  • scurf — [[t]skɜrf[/t]] n. 1) pal the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin 2) any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME, late OE < ON skurfa scurf, crust …   From formal English to slang

  • scurf|i|ness — «SKUR fee nihs», noun. a being scurfy; scurfy condition …   Useful english dictionary

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