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n. pl. scrimshaw or scrim·shaws
1. The art of carving or incising intricate designs on the teeth, bones, or baleen of whales.
2. A decorative article made by this art.
v. scrim·shawed, scrim·shaw·ing, scrim·shaws
tr. & intr.v.
To decorate (whale ivory or whalebone) with intricate carvings or designs or make such designs.
[Probably from scrimshander.]
1. (Crafts) the art of decorating or carving shells, ivory, etc, done by sailors as a leisure activity
a. an article made in this manner
b. such articles collectively
(Crafts) to produce scrimshaw (from)
[C19: origin uncertain, perhaps after a surname]
1. a carved or engraved article, esp. of whale ivory or whalebone.
2. such articles or work collectively.
3. the art or technique of producing such work.v.i.
4. to produce scrimshaw.v.t.
5. to carve or engrave (whale ivory or whalebone) into scrimshaw.
[1860–65; of obscure orig.]
Past participle: scrimshawed