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skean

[ skeen, skee-uhn ]

noun

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


skean

/ skiːn /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of skean1

1520–30; < Scots Gaelic sgian or Irish scian
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Word History and Origins

Origin of skean1

from Irish and Scottish Gaelic scian
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Example Sentences

Kyral's face changed as she spoke; he drew a long breath and threw the whip down beside my skean on the floor.

The big lunk made a grab at the girl, and I whipped out my skean and pantomimed.

Suddenly, so swiftly my eyes could hardly follow, he whipped out his skean and came at me.

It is the only thing I could get, but I sharpened it myself; it has an edge like a skean.'

For an instant the shock drove the breath out of Brian, then he felt a hand close on his throat, and struck out with his skean.

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