Dandruff Definition

Little scales or flakes of dead skin formed on the scalp.
Webster's New World
A condition of the scalp in which such scales are formed.
Webster's New World

Origin of Dandruff

  • The word is first attested in 1545; the first element is obscure, the second element derives from a Northumbrian or East Anglian term huff, hurf (“scab”), from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreubaz, *hreufaz (“rough, scabby”), source of Old English hrēofla (“leprosy, leper”). More at reef.

    From Wiktionary

  • dand- of unknown origin dialectal hurf scurf (from Old Norse hrufa crust, scab)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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