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sleave

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noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of sleave

archaic

  1. :  skein sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care — William Shakespeare

Origin and Etymology of sleave

2sleave


First Known Use: 1591


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sleave

verb

Definition of sleave

obsolete

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to separate (silk thread) into filaments

Origin and Etymology of sleave

Middle English *sleven, from Old English -slǣfan to cut


First Known Use: circa 1628


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