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Saturday, December 04, 2010

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.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Scurf derives from the ancient Germanic root skurfa, "crust."
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