[skeen, skee-uh n]
- a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands.
Origin of skean
1520–30; < Scots Gaelic sgian or Irish scian
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Examples from the Web for skean
It is the only thing I could get, but I sharpened it myself; it has an edge like a skean.'The Purcell Papers
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
I moved backward, hand on my skean, braced for a sudden rush.
I slipped the safety clasp from the hilt of my skean and went after him.
I thrust myself between them and put my hand on the skean again.
I had my skean handy, but I had a hunch this wasn't anything I could settle with a skean.
- a kind of double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland
from Irish and Scottish Gaelic scian
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