a round farm basket of wicker or wood.
Also, skepful. the amount contained in a skep.
a beehive, especially of straw.

before 1100; Middle English skeppe, late Old English sceppe < Old Norse skeppa half-bushel; akin to German Scheffel Unabridged
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skep (skɛp)
1.  a beehive, esp one constructed of straw
2.  dialect chiefly a large basket of wickerwork or straw
[Old English sceppe, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; related to Old High German sceffil bushel]

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