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scythe

noun \ ˈsīṯẖ , ˈsī \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of scythe

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of scythe

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

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scythe

verb

Definition of scythe

scythed; scything
: to use a scythe
: to cut with or as if with a scythe
  • scything cornstalks

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First Known Use of scythe

circa 1580

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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SCYTHE Defined for English Language Learners

scythe

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

Definition of scythe for English Language Learners

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


SCYTHE Defined for Kids

scythe

noun \ ˈsīt͟h \

Definition of scythe for Students

: 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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