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scurf

[skurf] /skɜrf/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse skurfa scurf, crust
Related forms
scurflike, adjective
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  • Material coming from this operation is hair and scurf, a dandruff-type flake.
British Dictionary definitions for scurf

scurf

/skɜːf/
noun
1.
another name for dandruff
2.
flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface
Derived Forms
scurfy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English scurf; related to Old Norse skurfōttr scurfy, Old High German scorf, Danish skurv
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Word Origin and History for scurf
n.

late Old English sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (cf. Danish skurv, Middle Dutch scorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), probably related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds," from PIE *skerp-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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scurf in Medicine

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

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