skean

[skeen, skee-uh n]

noun

a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands.

Nearby words

  1. skating,
  2. skatole,
  3. skatoxyl,
  4. skaw,
  5. skaw, the,
  6. skean dhu,
  7. skean-dhu,
  8. skeat,
  9. skeat, walter william,
  10. sked

Also skene.

Origin of skean

1520–30; < Scots Gaelic sgian or Irish scian

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British Dictionary definitions for skean

skean

noun

a kind of double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland

Word Origin for skean

from Irish and Scottish Gaelic scian

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