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scythe

[sahyth] /saɪð/
noun
1.
an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.
verb (used with object), scythed, scything.
2.
to cut or mow with a scythe.
Origin of scythe
900
before 900; Middle English sith, Old English sīthe, earlier sigdi; cognate with Old Norse sigthr; spelling sc by pseudoetymological association with Latin scindere to cut or with scissors
Related forms
scytheless, adjective
scythelike, adjective
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  • Only one thing could surpass him: the scythe of death which blindly mows the world.

  • There is another ahead of him there, with the head of a scythe inside his smock.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The American pioneers had only a sickle or a scythe with which to cut their grain.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Close by them a man was preparing to scythe out one of the dell-holes.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • If the ould Governor's got a tongue like a file, Philip's got a tongue like a scythe—he'll mow them down.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Mark, upon this, took up a scythe and began to cut the wheat.

  • Hugh wielded the scythe the whole of the harvest, and Margaret gathered to him.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • The scythe, the sickle, and the flail were the same as their forbears had used for centuries.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for scythe

scythe

/saɪð/
noun
1.
a manual implement for cutting grass, etc, having a long handle held with both hands and a curved sharpened blade that moves in a plane parallel to the ground
verb
2.
(transitive) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
Derived Forms
scythelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sigthe; related to Old Norse sigthr, Old High German segansa
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Word Origin and History for scythe
n.

Old English siðe, sigði, from Proto-Germanic *segithoz (cf. Middle Low German segede, Middle Dutch sichte, Old High German segensa, German Sense), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)). The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of Latin scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." Cf. French scier "saw," a false spelling from sier.

v.

1570s, "use a scythe;" 1590s "to mow;" from scythe (n.). From 1897 as "move with the sweeping motion of a scythe." Related: Scythed; scything.

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