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[skee-nee] /ˈski ni/
noun, plural skenai
[skee-nahy] /ˈski naɪ/ (Show IPA)
(in the ancient Greek theater) a structure facing the audience and forming the background before which performances were given.
Origin of skene1
< Greek skēnḗ; see scene


[skeen] /skin/
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  • Dr. skene's belief as to the historical position of the F's, 46.

    The Testimony of Tradition David MacRitchie
  • It afterwards came into the possession of the Family of skene.

  • As in Fordun: first drawn with horses and finally executed (skene, i. 348).

    The Bruce John Barbour
  • Four years later, Scott sent for his old friend skene of Rubislaw.

    Edinburgh Rosaline Masson
  • skene says this “is the oldest authentic notice of St. Patrick.”

  • The Greek word for tent is "skene" and that is the reason why we talk of the "scenery" of the stage.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • Timberellus is explained, a small whale, on the authority of skene, Vocab.

  • But that is just opposite to skene's and the way she certainly took at first.


    Mary Johnston
  • I had walked till twelve with skene and Russell, and then sat down to my work.

    Sir Walter Scott Richard H. Hutton
  • "That's because you have a heart as big as a lion," said skene, patting him on the shoulder.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
Word Origin and History for skene

ancient type of Celtic dagger found in Ireland, double-edged and leaf-like, 1520s, from Irish Gaelic scian (genitive sceine) "knife," cognate with Gaelic sgian "knife," Welsh ysgien "a slicer," from PIE *skiy-ena-, from root *skei- "to divide, split" (see shed (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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