from The Century Dictionary.

  • Covered with scurf; exfoliating in small scales; scurvy; scabby.
  • Resembling or consisting of scurf

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

  • adjective Having or producing scurf; covered with scurf; resembling scurf.

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  • adjective covered with scurf

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

  • adjective rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
  • adjective having or producing or covered with scurf


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  • Presently the other began to move towards him, waving a large misshapen hand which gleamed with a kind of scurfy whiteness; and he cried out unintelligible words, which seemed half angry, half piteous.

    Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Reprinted from The Hill of Trouble and The Isles of Sunset Arthur Christopher Benson 1893

  • Cocoa-nuts, sweet potatoes, an occasional sago cake, and the refuse nut after the oil has been extracted by boiling, form the chief sustenance of these people; and the effect of this poor and unwholesome diet is seen in the frequency of eruptions and scurfy skin diseases, and the numerous sores that disfigure the faces of the children.

    The Malay Archipelago 2004

  • The scurfy skin disease so common among savages has a close connexion with the poorness and irregularity of their living.

    The Malay Archipelago 2004

  • Nearly half of them were afflicted with the scurfy skin-disease.

    The Malay Archipelago 2004

  • The compound leaves are usually about 20-45 cm long and covered with rusty hairs giving a scurfy effect particularly along the upper surface but this eventually falls off.

    Chapter 42 1990

  • The sight also made Zalazar think imaginatively of the stump of some giant's neck or limb; it was rimmed with soil and growth resembling scurfy skin, it was boned and veined with white rocks and red toward the middle, and it bubbled here and there with pure new springs, the blood of Earth.

    The Magic May Return Niven, Larry 1981

  • There were random cases of foul foot, inverted eyelid and scurfy ear, and one of the bulls was so afflicted with orchitis that he walked with a straddling gait, lest his geranium red testicles sound a painful gong against his thighs.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues Robbins, Tom 1976

  • His clothes had been made for him by a tailor of flamboyant temperament some time in the early thirties; but they were now too loose and there were little scurfy patches on his forehead where the hairline ended.

    The Tiger in the Smoke Allingham, Margery, 1904-1966 1952

  • The water may be either tepid or cold, according to the feelings or habit of the person; and if the head or hair be very scurfy or dirty, or hard water be used, a few grains of soda (not potash or pearlash) may be advantageously added to the water.

    The Ladies Book of Useful Information Compiled from many sources Anonymous

  • Burning heat, attended with constant thirst, then began to torment me from morning till night; my skin became scurfy; the skin of my feet and hands peeled off; my tongue was always furred; a feeling of contraction in the bowels was continual; my eyes were strained and discolored, and I had unceasing headache.

    The Opium Habit Horace B. Day


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