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/koyb/ (Eleu., White); curbs (Exuma); scurbs (San Sal., Inagua); scrubs (Mayag.); curve (Nassau) [etym. uncertain, but cf. scurf anything like scales adhering to a surface W3] n. a barnacle- like shellfish (Chiton sp.) which is flat and adheres to rocks by the sea; it is eaten in salads like whelks: 1977 curbs, whelks, crawfish (Albury 15). 1979 Curves or curbes (Chitons)(Rabley 20). You play in the sea and pick whilks and the things you call curb (San Sal.).

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Last update: 2011-02-05 22:20
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Hannah Hinchman:
I was curious about this amazing creature, and asked locals about them in various places in the Bahamas. They had never heard the word "chiton", and invariably called them scurbs or curbs, and said they made salads with them. Now I finally get the connection to "scurf"!
Added at: 2015-11-20 21:30