dandruff

[dan-druhf]
noun
a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.
Also, dandriff [dan-drif] .


Origin:
1535–45; origin uncertain

dandruffy, dandriffy, adjective
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dandruff (ˈdændrəf)
 
n
Also called (now rarely): dandriff loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalp
 
[C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa]
 
'dandruffy
 
adj

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dandruff
1545, first element obscure, second element is Northumbrian or E. Anglian dial. huff, hurf "scab," from O.N. hrufa, from P.Gmc. *hreufaz, source of O.E. hreofla "leper."
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dandruff dan·druff (dān'drəf)
n.
A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.

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Example sentences
But there's a certain magic in all of that lint and dandruff and morning breath.
As it is, a tinkling dandruff of change scuttles behind the banquettes.
Li brushed the dandruff from his shoulders and hugged him with his hands.
If it happens on your scalp, it is called dandruff in adults and cradle cap in
  infants.
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