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Meaning of scrimshaw

scrim•shaw

Pronunciation: (skrim'shô"), [key]
— n.
  1. a carved or engraved article, esp. of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation.
  2. such articles or work collectively.
  3. the art or technique of carving or engraving whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, etc.
—v.i.
  1. to produce scrimshaw.
—v.t.
  1. to carve or engrave (whale ivory or whalebone) into scrimshaw.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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