scythe

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scythe (1) (larger) and sickle (smaller)

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From Middle English sythe or sithe, from Old English sīðe ‎(sickle). The silent c appeared in the early 15th century because it was wrongly thought that the word was linked to Latin scissor ("carver, cutter") and scindere ("to cut"). Cognate with Dutch zicht ‎(sickle).

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scythe ‎(plural scythes)

  1. An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with the concave edge sharped, made fast to a long handle, called a snath.
  2. A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.

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scythe ‎(third-person singular simple present scythes, present participle scything, simple past and past participle scythed)

  1. (transitive) To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To attack or injure as if cutting.
    • 2011, Catherine Sampson, The Pool of Unease
      The boy began to keen, and the high-pitched noise scythed through Song's head.

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