This is sometimes done intentionally, in order to loosen the scale by the greater expansion of the iron than of the scurf.
It was no more than the scurf of his skin, which was constantly shuffled off.
scurf is a natural and healthy formation, and though it may be kept from accumulating, it cannot be prevented.
Many explosions of boilers have been caused by accumulation of scurf.
This is a scaly disease affecting the head, and giving rise to the formation of the small troublesome particles known as scurf.
scurf, scurfiness, minute scales on the surface of many leaves, as of Goosefoot.
Remove all scurf or dead skin from the comb, dry dirt from the beak, and stains from the plumage, and wash their legs clean.
This brought off all the scurf, &c. which the fire had left on.
The heel should be well but gently washed with soap and water, and as much of the scurf detached as is easily removable.
Many who went there covered with scurf returned plump and fair, and scarce like the same people.
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.)).
Scaly or shredded dry skin, such as that which occurs as dandruff.