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skean

[skeen, skee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands.
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Also skene.

Origin of skean

1520–30; < Scots Gaelic sgian or Irish scian
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Related Words for skean

blade, bayonet, sword, cutlass, poniard, stylet, switchblade, stiletto, bodkin, dirk, anlace, sidearm, skean

Examples from the Web for skean

Historical Examples of 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 slipped the safety clasp from the hilt of my skean and went after him.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • I moved backward, hand on my skean, braced for a sudden rush.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • I thrust myself between them and put my hand on the skean again.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • I had my skean handy, but I had a hunch this wasn't anything I could settle with a skean.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley


British Dictionary definitions for skean

skean

noun
  1. a kind of double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland
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Word Origin for skean

from Irish and Scottish Gaelic scian
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