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scrimshaw (n.)

1864, "A nautical word of unstable orthography" [Century Dictionary], back-formation from scrimshander ("Moby Dick," 1851), scrimshonting (1825), American English, of unknown origin. Scrimshaw is an English surname, attested from mid-12c., from Old French escremisseor "fencing-master."

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Definitions of scrimshaw

scrimshaw (n.)
a carving (or engraving) on whalebone, whale ivory, walrus tusk, etc., usually by American whalers;
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