Definition of scrimshaw in English:


Syllabification: scrim·shaw
Pronunciation: /ˈskrimˌSHô


[with object]
  • Adorn (whalebone, ivory, shells, or other materials) with carved or colored designs.
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    • While he was scrimshawing it, he was reminded of a puzzling question which of course I don't know the answer to.
    • Some sea shells, such as abalone, have been scrimshawed and horn, particularly cattle horn, is also scrimshawed.
    • It has been scrimshawed and carved by the hand of this talented carver.


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  • Scrimshawed ivory or shells.
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    • History buffs and art lovers will find much to savor including scrimshaw at this noteworthy museum.
    • Right now I currently do scrimshaw and other artwork.
    • Pictured below are a several scrimshaw pieces that we have SOLD from our extensive inventory of antique scrimshaw.


early 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by the surname Scrimshaw.

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