scurf

noun \ ˈskərf \

Definition of scurf

1 : thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition; specifically : dandruff
2 a : something like flakes or scales adhering to a surface
b : the foul remains of something adherent
3 a : 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

scurfy

play \ˈskər-fē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of 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


Medical Dictionary

scurf

noun \ ˈskərf \

medical Definition of scurf

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

scurfy

play \ˈskər-fē\ adjective


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