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  1. the outermost layer of the skin; epidermis.
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Origin of scarfskin

First recorded in 1605–15; scarf1 + skin
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Historical Examples of scarf-skin

  • The exterior of these is called the cuticle, epidermis, or scarf-skin.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • There is still some doubt whether the scarf-skin has any nerves or not.

  • Immediately beneath the scarf-skin, is what is called the mucous coat.

  • It is this which, when the scarf-skin and hair have been removed, is converted by the process of tanning or tawing into leather.

  • The dark color of the Negro principally depends on the substance interposed between the true skin and the scarf-skin.

British Dictionary definitions for scarf-skin


  1. the outermost layer of the skin; epidermis or cuticle
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Word Origin for scarfskin

C17: from scarf 1 (in the sense: an outer covering)
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scarf-skin in Medicine


  1. The outermost layer of skin, especially that which forms the cuticle.
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