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.
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How to use scrimshaw in a sentence
Dr. scrimshaw died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the age of 95.
The laying of bituminous pavements in this country began in 1869, and they were first made of tar concrete, or scrimshaw.
But our carpenter was a famous workman at "scrimshaw," and he started half a dozen walking-sticks forthwith.The Cruise of the Cachalot | Frank T. Bullen
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 Cruise of the Cachalot | Frank T. Bullen
British Dictionary definitions for 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)
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