an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.
verb (used with object), scythed, scything.
to cut or mow with a scythe.

before 900; Middle English sith, Old English sīthe, earlier sigdi; cognate with Old Norse sigthr; spelling sc by pseudoetymological association with Latin scindere to cut or with scissors

scytheless, adjective
scythelike, adjective Unabridged
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scythe (saɪð)
1.  a manual implement for cutting grass, etc, having a long handle held with both hands and a curved sharpened blade that moves in a plane parallel to the ground
2.  (tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
[Old English sigthe; related to Old Norse sigthr, Old High German segansa]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. siðe, sigði, from P.Gmc. *segithoz (cf. M.L.G. segede, M.Du. sichte, O.H.G. segensa, Ger. Sense), from PIE base *sek- "cut" (see section). The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of L. scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." The verb is from 1597.
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one of the most important of all agricultural hand tools, consisting of a curved blade fitted at an angle to a long, curved handle and used for cutting grain. In modern scythes the handle has a projecting peg that is grasped by one hand, facilitating control of the swinging motion by which grass and grain are cut. The exact origin of the scythe is unknown, but it was little used in the ancient world. It came into wide use only with agricultural developments of the Carolingian era (8th century AD) in Europe, when the harvesting and storing of hay became important to support livestock through winters.

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Example sentences for scythe
Once retracted, it is effective as a scythe at close quarters.
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