skep

noun
\ˈskep \

Definition of skep 

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

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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, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of skep

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skep

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

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