- intricate decoration and carving of bone, ivory, etc., as of whales and walruses, done esp. by sailors on long voyages
- an article so made, or such articles collectively
Origin of scrimshawearlier also scrimshander from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. scrimshaw, or scrim·shaws
- The art of carving or incising intricate designs on the teeth, bones, or baleen of whales.
- A decorative article made by this art.
verbscrim·shawed, scrim·shaw·ing, scrim·shaws
tr. & intr.v.
Origin of scrimshawProbably from scrimshander
scrimshaw on a sperm whale tooth
(countable and uncountable, plural scrimshaws)
(third-person singular simple present scrimshaws, present participle scrimshawing, simple past and past participle scrimshawed)
- To make an item of scrimshaw.