Word of the Day

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scrimshaw (noun) – 1. The art of carving or incising intricate designs on whalebone or whale ivory.
2. A decorative article made by this art.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1864, “A nautical word of unstable orthography” [Century Dictionary], back-formation from scrimshander (“Moby Dick,” 1851), scrimshonting (1825), American English, of unknown origin. Scrimshaw is an English surname, attested from mid-12th century, from Old French escremisseor “fencing-master.”



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