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.
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 topMilton.
Belched fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire
Shone with a glossy scurf.
(Bot.) Minute membranous scales on the surface of some leaves, as in the goosefoot.
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