- the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
- any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.
Origin of scurf
Examples from the Web for scurf
It was no more than the scurf of his skin, which was constantly shuffled off.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
Many explosions of boilers have been caused by accumulation of scurf.Records of Steam Boiler Explosions
Edward Bindon Marten
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.The Elements of Botany
This brought off all the scurf, &c. which the fire had left on.
- another name for dandruff
- flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface
Word Origin and History for scurf
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.