scrimshaw

verb
scrim·shaw | \ˈskrim-ˌshȯ \
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, "APD: Suspect in Native art theft arrested with tusk in car," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Buying walrus tusk carvings or engravings (also known as scrimshaw) is legal—but only if the art was done by Alaska natives. National Geographic, "Snake Wine and Other Wild Souvenirs to Avoid," 14 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of scrimshaw

Verb

circa 1826, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrimshaw

Verb

origin unknown

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