10 November 2004

Word for the Day

scrimshaw · 'skrim-"shah [origin unknown]


1 : any of various carved or engraved articles, usually in elaborate geometrical or fanciful patterns resembling lace; made orig. by American whalers usually from baleen or whale ivory

2 : scrimshawed work or carving in other materials resembling scrimshaw

3 : the art, practice, or technique of producing scrimshaw


transitive senses : to carve or engrave into scrimshaw
intransitive senses : to produce scrimshaw

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