skene

1
[skee-nee]
noun, plural ske·nai [skee-nahy] /ˈski naɪ/.
  1. (in the ancient Greek theater) a structure facing the audience and forming the background before which performances were given.

Origin of skene

1
< Greek skēnḗ; see scene

skene

2
[skeen]
noun
  1. skean.
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Word Origin and History for skene
n.

ancient type of Celtic dagger found in Ireland, double-edged and leaf-like, 1520s, from Irish Gaelic scian (genitive sceine) "knife," cognate with Gaelic sgian "knife," Welsh ysgien "a slicer," from PIE *skiy-ena-, from root *skei- "to divide, split" (see shed (v.)).

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