Adorn ivory or shells with carved or coloured designs:‘the scrimshawed jewellery and antique furniture on sale’
- ‘Some sea shells, such as abalone, have been scrimshawed and horn, particularly cattle horn, is also scrimshawed.’
- ‘It has been scrimshawed and carved by the hand of this talented carver.’
- ‘While he was scrimshawing it, he was reminded of a puzzling question which of course I don't know the answer to.’
[mass noun] Scrimshawed ivory or shells:‘a collection of scrimshaw’
- ‘Nonetheless, there were interesting antique collectibles bought, such as scrimshaw you see once and don't see again.’
- ‘In their leisure time, though, whalemen often practised the art of scrimshaw, creating unique and beautiful works of art as well as practical and useful tools and implements.’
- ‘While collectors do appreciate the potential investment value of scrimshaw, that is not usually their primary reason for acquiring it.’
Early 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by the surname Scrimshaw.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.