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scythe

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noun \ˈsīth, ˈsī\

Definition of scythe

  1. :  an implement used for mowing grass, grain, or other crops and composed of a long curving blade fastened at an angle to a long handle

Illustration of scythe

Origin and Etymology of scythe

Middle English sithe, from Old English sīthe; akin to Old English sagu saw — more at saw


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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scythe

verb

Definition of scythe

scythed

;

scything

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to use a scythe

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cut with or as if with a scythe scything cornstalks

Circa 1580

First Known Use of scythe

circa 1580

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


SCYTHE Defined for English Language Learners

scythe

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noun

Definition of scythe for English Language Learners

  • : a farming tool with a curved blade and long handle that is used for cutting grass, grain, etc.

scythe

verb

Definition of scythe for English Language Learners

  • : to cut (something, such as grass or grain) with a scythe


SCYTHE Defined for Kids

scythe

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noun \ˈsīth\

Definition of scythe for Students

  1. :  a tool with a curved blade on a long curved handle that is used to mow grass or grain by hand



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