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Syllabification: scurf
Pronunciation: /skərf

Definition of scurf in English:


1Flakes on the surface of the skin that form as fresh skin develops below, occurring especially as dandruff.
Example sentences
  • If your horse has a lot of winter scurf, you may want to give him a bath prior to clipping (its amazing how much easier the clipper blades go through clean hair).
  • I can only think that fungus is involved somewhere along the line, perhaps an accumulation of dead cells / scurf / mould in the area under the dewlap so often overlooked in the shower.
  • He spends most of that time at the creek, ‘washing off the plantation scurf.’
1.1A flaky deposit on any surface, especially one on a plant resulting from a fungal infection.
Example sentences
  • One of these is Rhizoctonia, the fungus which causes stem canker and black scurf.


late Old English sceorf, from the base of sceorfan 'gnaw', sceorfian 'cut to shreds'.



Example sentences
  • Clueless old men in the government, scratching their scurfy scalps, going, ‘Huh-yup, dat's what dem foreigner's'll like’.
  • It's a concept with which both Meg and Howard would be well at home and would send a clear message to the scurfy down-market low-income brigade and their fellow-travellers.
  • The child stared into the dry dish where his water once overflowed, and his stone flesh turned scurfy and cracked with dried algae like the sear and yellow skin of an old man.

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