dandruffy

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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