from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp, sometimes caused by seborrhea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp
- n. loose scales shed from the scalp
dand-, of unknown origin + dialectal hurf, scurf (from Old Norse hrufa, crust, scab).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word is first attested in 1545; the first element is obscure, the second element derives from Northumbrian or E. Anglian dialect huff, hurf ("scab"), from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreubaz, *hreufaz (“rough, scabby”), source of Old English hrēofla ("leprosy, leper"). More at reef. (Wiktionary)