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").
scythe (plural scythes)
- 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, which is bent into a form convenient for use.
- A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.
- To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow.