scrimshander

noun
scrim·​shan·​der | \ ˈskrim-ˌshan-dər How to pronounce scrimshander (audio) \

Definition of scrimshander

1 : scrimshaw
2 : a person who creates scrimshaw

Did you know?

Scrimshaw is a distinctly North American folk art, but no one knows just where it started or how it got its name. Native peoples of Alaska and Canada have carved ivory for centuries, but when "scrimshaw" is used in modern English, it is most often associated with 18th- and 19th-century whalers of the ilk Herman Melville described as "examining ... divers specimens of skrimshander" in Moby Dick (1851). As you can see from Melville's example, "scrimshander" was originally a synonym of "scrimshaw" (back then, the artists were most likely called "scrimshoners"). "Scrimshaw" and "scrimshander" may have originated with the surname of a sailor who was particularly skilled at the art, but if such an individual did exist, he is unknown today.

Examples of scrimshander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bell, a scrimshander, also sold nine carved whale teeth to customers in the U.S. for a total value of $20,300 between June 2007 and April 2008. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, 6 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrimshander.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of scrimshander

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrimshander

origin unknown

Learn More About scrimshander

Time Traveler for scrimshander

Time Traveler

The first known use of scrimshander was in 1851

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About scrimshander

Dictionary Entries Near scrimshander

scrimption

scrimshander

scrimshank

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for scrimshander

Cite this Entry

“Scrimshander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrimshander. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!