Word of the Day Archive
Saturday December 4, 2010
1. The scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
2. Any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.
Diddy Shovel's skin was like asphalt, fissured and cracked, thickened by a lifetime of weather, the scurf of age.
-- Annie Proulx, The shipping news
His hands were large and the skin of them had a chalky scurf to it.
-- Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
Scurf derives from the ancient Germanic root skurfa, "crust."