scurf

[skurf]
noun
1.
the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
2.
any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse skurfa scurf, crust

scurflike, adjective
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scurf (skɜːf)
 
n
1.  another name for dandruff
2.  flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface
 
[Old English scurf; related to Old Norse skurfōttr scurfy, Old High German scorf, Danish skurv]
 
'scurfy
 
adj

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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."
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scurf (skûrf)
n.
Scaly or shredded dry skin, such as that which occurs as dandruff.

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Material coming from this operation is hair and scurf, a dandruff-type flake.
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