scrimshaw

verb
scrim·​shaw | \ ˈskrim-ˌshȯ How to pronounce scrimshaw (audio) \
scrimshawed; scrimshawing; scrimshaws

Definition of scrimshaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to carve or engrave into scrimshaw

intransitive verb

: to produce scrimshaw

scrimshaw

noun

Definition of scrimshaw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of various carved or engraved articles made originally by American whalers usually from baleen or whale ivory
2 : scrimshawed work
3 : the art, practice, or technique of producing scrimshaw

Examples of scrimshaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Among them: Ivory tusks, nearly 25 scrimshawed whale teeth, and two mounted walrus skulls, a store employee told the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From leather work and life-size bronze statues to intricate paintings on wasp-nest paper, scrimshaw and jewelry, his varied artistic creations reflect his unique talents and affinity with the natural world. New York Times, 26 July 2021 Such scrimshaws were often made by New England whalers. Palm Beach Post, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2019 Buying walrus tusk carvings or engravings (also known as scrimshaw) is legal—but only if the art was done by Alaska natives. National Geographic, 14 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of scrimshaw

Verb

circa 1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for scrimshaw

Verb

origin unknown

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“Scrimshaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrimshaw. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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