: hive sense 1
especially : a domed hive made of twisted straw

Examples of skep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Langlands is a sort of method archaeologist, unearthing the various ways that humans used their hands for thousands of years and taking it upon himself to do things like cutting hay, building a drystone wall and making a skep for beekeeping. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2018

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Word History


Middle English skeppe basket, beehive, from Old English sceppe basket, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; akin to Old High German sceffil bushel, scaf tub

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skep was in the 15th century

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“Skep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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