Dr. scrimshaw died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the age of 95.
But our carpenter was a famous workman at "scrimshaw," and he started half a dozen walking-sticks forthwith.
The laying of bituminous pavements in this country began in 1869, and they were first made of tar concrete, or scrimshaw.
The great jaw-pans were sawn off, and placed at the disposal of anybody who wanted pieces of bone for "scrimshaw," or carved work.
1864, "A nautical word of unstable orthography" [Century Dictionary], back-formation from scrimshander ("Moby Dick," 1851), scrimshonting (1825), American English, of unknown origin. Scrimshaw is an English surname, attested from mid-12c., from Old French escremisseor "fencing-master."