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scrimshaw

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verb scrim·shaw \ˈskrim-ˌshȯ\

Definition of scrimshaw

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to carve or engrave into scrimshaw

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to produce scrimshaw

Origin and Etymology of scrimshaw

origin unknown


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scrimshaw

noun scrim·shaw

Definition of scrimshaw

  1. 1 :  any of various carved or engraved articles made originally by American whalers usually from baleen or whale ivory

  2. 2 :  scrimshawed work

  3. 3 :  the art, practice, or technique of producing scrimshaw

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First Known Use of scrimshaw

circa 1864


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