from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp, sometimes caused by seborrhea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles.

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  • noun Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp
  • noun loose scales shed from the scalp


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[dand-, of unknown origin + dialectal hurf, scurf (from Old Norse hrufa, crust, scab).]

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


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