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skein

[ skeyn ]
/ skeɪn /
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noun

a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing.
anything wound in or resembling such a coil: a skein of hair.
something suggestive of the twistings of a skein: an incoherent skein of words.
a flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight.
a succession or series of similar or interrelated things: a skein of tennis victories.

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Origin of skein

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English skeyne, skayne, from Middle French escaigne; further origin unknown
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British Dictionary definitions for skein

skein
/ (skeɪn) /

noun

a length of yarn, etc, wound in a long coil
something resembling this, such as a lock of hair
a flock of geese flyingCompare gaggle (def. 2)

Word Origin for skein

C15: from Old French escaigne, of unknown origin
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