noun, plural sheaves.
one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.
any bundle, cluster, or collection: a sheaf of papers.
verb (used with object)
to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.

before 900; Middle English shefe (noun), Old English schēaf; cognate with Dutch schoof sheaf, German Schaub wisp of straw, Old Norse skauf tail of a fox

sheaflike, adjective Unabridged
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sheaf (ʃiːf)
n , pl sheaves
1.  a bundle of reaped but unthreshed corn tied with one or two bonds
2.  a bundle of objects tied together
3.  the arrows contained in a quiver
4.  (tr) to bind or tie into a sheaf
[Old English sceaf, related to Old High German skoub sheaf, Old Norse skauf tail, Gothic skuft tuft of hair]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sceaf "sheaf of corn," from P.Gmc. *skaubaz (cf. M.Du. scoof, O.H.G. scoub, Ger. Schaub "sheaf;" O.N. skauf "fox's tail;" Goth. skuft "hair on the head," Ger. Schopf "tuft"). Also used in M.E. for "two dozen arrows."
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Example sentences
There is a sheaf of scholarship on gender difference in conversational styles.
His customers are satisfied, judging by the sheaf of testimonials on his desk.
He took me to his home, where he opened a drawer and pulled out a sheaf of rice
  paper that had been stapled together.
She was wearing a down parka and gripping a sheaf of papers.
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