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Line breaks: scrim|shan¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɪmˌʃandə

Definition of scrimshander in English:


another term for scrimshaw.
Example sentences
  • Edward Burdett (1805-1833), the first known American scrimshaw artist, and one of the best, began scrimshandering around 1824.
  • When a captain ordered his crew to be ‘scrimshandering’, he wanted them to be pre-occupied with a creative past-time.


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A person who makes scrimshaws.
Example sentences
  • Another scrimshander told me that you must slice the tooth (lengthwise), or grind the dentin off it in order to expose the inner layer of the tooth material, which can be scrimmed.
  • I have been a scrimshander for 30+ years so feel free to ask questions.
  • Actually at that time I hadn't been a Scrimshander for very many years and still considered myself a beginner.


mid 19th century: from a variant of scrimshaw + -er1.

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