- little, dry scales shed by the skin, as dandruff
- any scaly coating, as on some plants, sometimes indicating a diseased condition
Origin of scurfMiddle English ; from Old Norse an unverified form skurfr, akin to Old English sceorf, German schorf ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerb(h)- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear
- Scaly dry skin that has been exfoliated, such as dandruff.
- A loose scaly crust coating a surface, especially of a plant.
- Any of several fungal diseases of plants characterized by scaly lesions especially on underground parts, such as the tubers of potatoes.
Origin of scurfMiddle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural scurfs)