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. schrfen 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.
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2. Hence, the foul remains of anything adherent.
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The scurf is worn away of each committed crime.
Dryden.
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3. Anything like flakes or scales adhering to a surface.
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There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top
Belched fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire
Shone with a glossy scurf.
Milton.
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4. (Bot.) Minute membranous scales on the surface of some leaves, as in the goosefoot. Gray.
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