Etymology
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scurf (n.)

late Old English scurf, "scaly or flaky matter forming on the surface of the skin," also "exfoliated epidermis," earlier sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (source also of Old Norse skurfottr, Danish skurv, Swedish skorv, Middle Dutch scorf, schorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), which probably is related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds" (from PIE *skerp-, from root *sker- (1) "to cut"). The form of the word likely is influenced by Scandinavian cognates. The scruff in scruffy is from a variant form.

updated on March 12, 2022

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Definitions of scurf from WordNet

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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