scythe

[ sahyth ]
/ saɪð /

noun

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, scyth·ing.

to cut or mow with a scythe.

Origin of scythe

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

scythe·less, adjectivescythe·like, adjective
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scythe

/ (saɪð) /

noun

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

(tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe

Derived Forms

scythelike, adjective

Word Origin for scythe

Old English sigthe; related to Old Norse sigthr, Old High German segansa
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