scrimshander

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Etymology[edit]

Origin unknown.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskrɪmʃændə/

Noun[edit]

scrimshander (countable and uncountable, plural scrimshanders)

  1. (uncountable) The manufacture of handcrafts by sailors on long voyages, especially as whittled from wood or bone.
  2. (countable) Someone who scrimshaws.

Verb[edit]

scrimshander (third-person singular simple present scrimshanders, present participle scrimshandering, simple past and past participle scrimshandered)

  1. To make an item of scrimshaw.
    • 2004, Moreover, he possesses a handsome army of scrimshandered chessmen whom we shall keep busy until either the Prophetess’s departure or the Nellie’s arrival. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas