scrimshaw
I. verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1826 transitive verb to carve or engrave into scrimshaw intransitive verb to produce scrimshaw II. noun Date: circa 1864 1. any of various carved or engraved articles made originally by American whalers usually from baleen or whale ivory 2. scrimshawed work 3. the art, practice, or technique of producing scrimshaw

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  • Scrimshaw — is the name given to handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts of harvesting marine mammals. It is most commonly made out of the bones and teeth of Sperm Whales, the baleen of other whales, and the tusks of walruses. It takes the form …   Wikipedia

  • Scrimshaw — ist eine Miniatur Ritz und Gravurtechnik in tierische Materialien, wie Elfenbein, Horn oder Knochen. Zum Teil kommen auch Kunststoffe zum Einsatz. Der Begriff Scrimshaw stammt aus der Ära der Walfänger, die sich im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scrimshaw — réalisé sur des dents de Grand cachalot. Le terme anglophone scrimshaw désigne l artisanat issu de gravures réalisées par les chasseurs de baleines sur les produits tirés de différents mammifères marins. Elles sont effectuées principalement sur… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • scrimshaw — 1864, back formation from scrimshander ( Moby Dick, 1851), scrimshonting (1825), Amer.Eng. nautical word, of unknown origin. Scrimshaw is an English surname, attested from mid 12c., from O.Fr. escremisseor fencing master …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrimshaw — ☆ scrimshaw [skrim′shô΄ ] n. [earlier also scrimshander < ?] 1. intricate decoration and carving of bone, ivory, etc., as of whales and walruses, done esp. by sailors on long voyages 2. an article so made, or such articles collectively vt., vi …   English World dictionary

  • Scrimshaw — Scrim shaw , v. t. To ornament, as shells, ivory, etc., by engraving, and (usually) rubbing pigments into the incised lines. [Sailor s cant. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrimshaw — Scrim shaw , n. A shell, a whale s tooth, or the like, that is scrimshawed. [Sailor s cant, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrimshaw — Ejemplar de Scrimshaw en el Peter Café Sport, Horta. Scrimshaw en la mandíbula de una …   Wikipedia Español

  • scrimshaw — /skrim shaw /, 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… …   Universalium

  • scrimshaw — 1. noun /ˈskrɪmʃɔː/ a) The manufacture of handicrafts by sailors on long voyages, especially as whittled from wood or bone. b) An item produced by scrimshaw. 2. verb /ˈskrɪmʃɔː/ To make an item of scrimshaw …   Wiktionary

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