- a carved or engraved article, especially of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation.
- such articles or work collectively.
- the art or technique of carving or engraving whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, etc.
- to produce scrimshaw.
- to carve or engrave (whale ivory or whalebone) into scrimshaw.
Origin of scrimshaw
Examples from the Web for scrimshaw
Dr. Scrimshaw died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the age of 95.When Nutrition Became a 'Thing'
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But our carpenter was a famous workman at "scrimshaw," and he started half a dozen walking-sticks forthwith.
The great jaw-pans were sawn off, and placed at the disposal of anybody who wanted pieces of bone for "scrimshaw," or carved work.
The laying of bituminous pavements in this country began in 1869, and they were first made of tar concrete, or Scrimshaw.
- the art of decorating or carving shells, ivory, etc, done by sailors as a leisure activity
- an article made in this manner
- such articles collectively
- to produce scrimshaw (from)
Word Origin and History for scrimshaw
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."