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Definition of "scrimshaw" [scrim•shaw]

  • The art of carving or incising intricate designs on whalebone or whale ivory. (noun)
  • A decorative article made by this art. (noun)
  • To decorate (whale ivory or whalebone) with intricate carvings or designs or make such designs. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scrimshaw" in a sentence
  • "Hey guys if any of you are interested in scrimshaw I found a guy down in GA that does beautiful work."
  • "To ensure Quaiche's best efforts his lover is being held captive in a torturous device called a scrimshaw suit."
  • "Such work done on shipboard is called scrimshaw work."
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