Definition of scrimshaw in English:

scrimshaw

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Adorn (whalebone, ivory, shells, or other materials) with carved or colored designs.

    • ‘While he was scrimshawing it, he was reminded of a puzzling question which of course I don't know the answer to.’
    • ‘It has been scrimshawed and carved by the hand of this talented carver.’
    • ‘Some sea shells, such as abalone, have been scrimshawed and horn, particularly cattle horn, is also scrimshawed.’

noun

  • Scrimshawed ivory or shells.

    • ‘Pictured below are a several scrimshaw pieces that we have SOLD from our extensive inventory of antique scrimshaw.’
    • ‘Right now I currently do scrimshaw and other artwork.’
    • ‘While collectors do appreciate the potential investment value of scrimshaw, that is not usually their primary reason for acquiring it.’
    • ‘History buffs and art lovers will find much to savor including scrimshaw at this noteworthy museum.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by the surname Scrimshaw.

Pronunciation

scrimshaw

/ˈskrimˌSHô//ˈskrɪmˌʃɔ/