\ˈskərf \

Definition of scurf 

1 : thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition specifically : dandruff

2a : something like flakes or scales adhering to a surface

b : the foul remains of something adherent

3a : a scaly deposit or covering on some plant parts also : a localized or general darkening and roughening of a plant surface usually more pronounced than russeting

b : a plant disease characterized by scurf

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Other Words from scurf

scurfy \ˈskər-​fē \ adjective

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Don't confuse this disease with less-serious scurf, which creates small, round, dark spots on tuber surfaces but doesn't affect eating quality. Stem rot, or wilt, is a fungus that enters plants injured by insects, careless cultivation, or wind. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Perfect Sweet Potatoes In Your Backyard," 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of scurf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scurf

Middle English, from Old English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic skurfa scurf; akin to Old High German scorf scurf, Old English sceorfan to scarify

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\ˈskərf \

Medical Definition of scurf 

: thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition specifically : dandruff

Other Words from scurf

scurfy \ˈskər-​fē \ adjective

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