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skean

[skeen, skee-uh n] /skin, ˈski ən/
noun
1.
a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands.
Also, skene.
Origin of skean
1520-1530
1520-30; < Scots Gaelic sgian or Irish scian
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Examples from the Web for skean
Historical Examples
  • It is the only thing I could get, but I sharpened it myself; it has an edge like a skean.'

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • I slipped the safety clasp from the hilt of my skean and went after him.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • I moved backward, hand on my skean, braced for a sudden rush.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • I thrust myself between them and put my hand on the skean again.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • I had my skean handy, but I had a hunch this wasn't anything I could settle with a skean.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Rakhal whirled and with a quick jerk he pulled the skean loose.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • For an instant the shock drove the breath out of Brian, then he felt a hand close on his throat, and struck out with his skean.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones
  • He struck out again with his skean, and felt the blow go home—and with that there came a terrific, blinding roar.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones
  • Kyral's face changed as she spoke; he drew a long breath and threw the whip down beside my skean on the floor.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The big lunk made a grab at the girl, and I whipped out my skean and pantomimed.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for skean

skean

/skiːn/
noun
1.
a kind of double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland
Word Origin
from Irish and Scottish Gaelic scian
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