dandruff

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdændɹʌf/, /ˈdændɹʊf/

Noun[edit]

dandruff (uncountable)

  1. Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.
    Dandruff is on my collar again.

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