Word of the Day

The word for today is…

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.”

A5scrimshaw

 


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

25%