scutch

[ skuhch ]
/ skʌtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to dress (flax) by beating.
Also scotch . to dress (brick or stone).

noun

Also called scutcher . a device for scutching flax fiber.
Also scotch . a small picklike tool with two cutting edges for trimming brick.

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Origin of scutch

1680–90; <Middle French *escoucher (French écoucher) to beat flax <Vulgar Latin *excuticāre, for Latin excutere (ex-ex-1 + -cutere, combining form of quatere to shatter; cf. quash)
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British Dictionary definitions for scutch (1 of 2)

scutch1
/ (skʌtʃ) /

verb

(tr) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding

noun

Also called: scutcher the tool used for this

Word Origin for scutch

C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex- 1 + quatere to shake

British Dictionary definitions for scutch (2 of 2)

scutch2
/ (skʌtʃ) /

verb (tr)

Northern English dialect to strike with an open hand
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