Definitions for: Scurf


[n] a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
[n] (botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. Thin dry scales or scabs upon the body; especially, thin
scales exfoliated from the cuticle, particularly of the
scalp; dandruff.

2. Hence, the foul remains of anything adherent.

The scurf is worn away of each committed crime.
--Dryden.

3. Anything like flakes or scales adhering to a surface.

There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top Belched
fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire Shone with a
glossy scurf. --Milton.

4. (Bot.) Minute membranous scales on the surface of some
leaves, as in the goosefoot. --Gray.

Synonyms: exfoliation, scale

See Also: bit, chip, dander, dandruff, flake, fleck, scrap

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