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1[mass noun] Flakes on the surface of the skin that form as fresh skin develops below, occurring especially as dandruff.
- ‘Dust mites don't directly bite people, but eat the scurf of human beings, who may produce an average of one gram a day.’
- ‘He spends most of that time at the creek, ‘washing off the plantation scurf.’’
- ‘Wearing hats for too long makes hair oily and produces scurf while the air conditioning makes the hair lose moisture.’
- ‘If your horse has a lot of winter scurf, you may want to give him a bath prior to clipping (its amazing how much easier the clipper blades go through clean hair).’
- ‘I can only think that fungus is involved somewhere along the line, perhaps an accumulation of dead cells / scurf / mould in the area under the dewlap so often overlooked in the shower.’
- ‘Here I cannot afford to be remembering what I said or did, my scurf cast off, but what I am and aspire to become.’
- 1.1A flaky deposit on a plant resulting from a fungal infection.
- ‘One of these is Rhizoctonia, the fungus which causes stem canker and black scurf.’
Late Old English sceorf, from the base of sceorfan ‘gnaw’, sceorfian cut to shreds.
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