- 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: earlier also scrimshander from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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noun pl. scrimshaw or scrim·shaws
- The art of carving or incising intricate designs on whalebone or whale ivory.
- A decorative article made by this art.
Origin: Probably from scrimshander.