noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic skurfa scurf; akin to Old High German scorf scurf, Old English sceorfan to scarify Date: before 12th century 1. thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition; specifically dandruff 2. a. something like flakes or scales adhering to a surface b. the foul remains of something adherent 3. a. a scaly deposit or covering on some plant parts; also a localized or general darkening and roughening of a plant surface usually more pronounced than russeting b. a plant disease characterized by scurf • scurfy adjective

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  • Scurf — Scurf, n. [AS. scurf, sceorf, or from Scand.; cf. Sw. skorf, Dan. skurv, Icel. skurfur, D. schurft, G. schorf; all akin to AS. scurf, and to AS. sceorfan to scrape, to gnaw, G. sch[ u]rfen to scrape, and probably also to E. scrape. Cf. {Scurvy}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scurf|y — «SKUR fee», adjective, scurf|i|er, scurf|i|est. 1. covered with scurf. 2. of or like scurf …   Useful english dictionary

  • scurf — late O.E. sceorf, from P.Gmc. *skurf (Cf. Dan. skurv, M.Du. scorf, Du. schurft, O.H.G. scorf, Ger. Schorf scurf ), probably from the same root as O.E. sceorfan to gnaw, scearfian to cut into shreds …   Etymology dictionary

  • scurf — scurf·er; scurf; …   English syllables

  • scurf — ► NOUN ▪ flakes on the surface of the skin that form as fresh skin develops below, occurring especially as dandruff. DERIVATIVES scurfy adjective. ORIGIN from Old English, cut to shreds …   English terms dictionary

  • scurf — [skʉrf] n. [ME < ON * skurfr, akin to OE sceorf, Ger schorf < IE * (s)kerb(h) < base * (s)ker , to cut > SHEAR] 1. little, dry scales shed by the skin, as dandruff 2. any scaly coating, as on some plants, sometimes indicating a… …   English World dictionary

  • scurf — scurflike, adj. /skerrf/, n. 1. the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin. 2. any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface. [bef. 1000; ME, OE < ON skurfa scurf, crust] * * * …   Universalium

  • scurf — SYN: dandruff. [A.S.] * * * scurf skərf n thin dry scales detached from the epidermis esp. in an abnormal skin condition specif DANDRUFF scurfy skər fē adj …   Medical dictionary

  • scurf — [[t]skɜrf[/t]] n. 1) pal the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin 2) any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME, late OE < ON skurfa scurf, crust …   From formal English to slang

  • scurf — noun a) a skin disease b) the flakes of skin that fall off as a result of a skin disease …   Wiktionary

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