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skein

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noun \ ˈskān \

Definition of skein

1 or less commonly skean or skeane play \ˈskān\ :a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel
2 :something suggesting the twists or coils of a skein :tangle
3 :a flock of wildfowl (such as geese or ducks) in flight

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Origin and Etymology 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


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skein

verb

Definition of skein

transitive verb
:to wind into skeins
  • skein yarn

First Known Use of skein

circa 1775


SKEIN Defined for English Language Learners

skein

play
noun

Definition of skein for English Language Learners

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


SKEIN Defined for Kids

skein

play
noun \ ˈskān \

Definition of skein for Students

:a quantity of yarn or thread arranged in a loose coil


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