Definition of Scurf

1. Noun. (botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts.

Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Bit, Chip, Flake, Fleck, Scrap
Derivative terms: Scurfy

2. Noun. A thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin.
Exact synonyms: Exfoliation, Scale
Generic synonyms: Bit, Chip, Flake, Fleck, Scrap
Specialized synonyms: Dander, Dandruff
Derivative terms: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

Definition of Scurf

1. n. Thin dry scales or scabs upon the body; especially, thin scales exfoliated from the cuticle, particularly of the scalp; dandruff.

Definition of Scurf

1. Noun. A skin disease. ¹

2. Noun. The flakes of skin that fall off as a result of a skin disease. ¹

3. Noun. Any crust-like formations on the skin. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scurf

1. scaly or shredded dry skin [n -S]

Medical Definition of Scurf

1. 1. Thin dry scales or scabs upon the body; especially, thin scales exfoliated from the cuticle, particularly of the scalp; dandruff. 2. Hence, the foul remains of anything adherent. "The scurf is worn away of each committed crime." (Dryden) 3. Anything like flakes or scales adhering to a surface. "There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top Belched fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire Shone with a glossy scurf." (Milton) 4. Minute membranous scales on the surface of some leaves, as in the goosefoot. Origin: AS. Scurf, sceorf, or from Scand.; cf. Sw. Skorf, Dan. Skurv, Icel. Skurfur, D. Schurft, G. Schorf; all akin to AS. Scurf, and to AS. Sceorfan to scrape, to gnaw, G. Schurfen to scrape, and probably also to E. Scrape. Cf. Scurvy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scurf

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scunners
scup
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scuppaugs
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scuppering
scuppernong
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scuppers
scuppie
scuppies
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scurfiest
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scurrier
scurriers
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scurril
scurrile
scurrilities

Literary usage of Scurf

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"And see scurf. SCULPTURE, the art of carving figures. (F..-L.) ' ME sculpture, Gower, CA ii. 83, 1. i. — F. sculpture, for which Littre cites nothing ..."

2. An Introduction to Botany by John ( Lindley (1839)
"Of scurf. scurf consists of thin.flat membranous disks, with a ragged margin, ... It is of two kinds, scurf, properly so called, and Ramenta. ..."

3. An Introduction to Botany by John Lindley (1839)
"Of scurf. scurf consists of thin flat membranous disks, with a ragged margin, formed of cellular tissue, springing from the epidermis. ..."

4. Iridiagnosis and Other Diagnostic Methods by Henry Lindlahr (1919)
"If, however, the skin is weak, enervated, atonic, or in anemic and atrophie condition, there appears in the rim of the iris the dark scurf ring. ..."

5. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1880)
"... with rusty scurf, elliptical or ovate leaves, anil yellowish- red insipid fruit, ranges from the Columbia liiver across the continent, ..."

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