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scurf (n.)

late Old English sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (source also of Danish skurv, Middle Dutch scorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), probably related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds" (from PIE *skerp-, from root *sker- (1) "to cut").

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Definitions of scurf

scurf (n.)
(botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts;
scurf (n.)
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin;
Synonyms: scale / exfoliation
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