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skein

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noun \ˈskān\

Simple Definition of skein

  • : a long piece of yarn or thread that is loosely wound

Full Definition of skein

  1. 1 also skeanplay or skeane \ˈskān\ :  a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel

  2. 2 :  something suggesting the twists or coils of a skein :  tangle

  3. 3 :  a flock of wildfowl (as geese or ducks) in flight

Origin of skein

Middle English skeyne, from Middle French (Picard) escagne, probably from Vulgar Latin *scamnia, from *scamniare to wind yarn, from *scamnium rack for holding bobbins, from Latin scamnum bench, stool — more at shambles


First Known Use: 14th century


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skein

transitive verb

Definition of skein

  1. :  to wind into skeins <skein yarn>



Circa 1775

First Known Use of skein

circa 1775


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