[ sahyth ]
/ saɪð /
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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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM scythescytheless, adjectivescythelike, adjective
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How to use scythe in a sentence
We came across men in loose djellabas riding tiny donkeys, and others scything by hand, leaving piles of barley under olive trees.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco|Joanna Eede|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women, when they are no longer warm, are colder than the deadliest catarrh wind scything across these islands.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
And the love-songs of the wood-pigeons never ceased, nor the faint swish of scything.The Dark Flower|John Galsworthy
Everyone, including Mrs Dinkman, seemed convinced that scything was the solution.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
There, to my horror, were three men scything the rushes along a ditch which passed a few feet from me.'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany|Gerald Featherstone Knight
Peasants everywhere are scything weeds and burning them in smoking heaps.The Challenge of the Dead|Stephen Graham
British Dictionary definitions for scythe
/ (saɪð) /
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
(tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
Derived forms of scythescythelike, adjective
Word Origin for scythe
Old English sigthe; related to Old Norse sigthr, Old High German segansa
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