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sheaf

[sheef] /ʃif/
noun, plural sheaves.
1.
one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.
2.
any bundle, cluster, or collection:
a sheaf of papers.
verb (used with object)
3.
to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.
Origin
900
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
Related forms
sheaflike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sheaflike

sheaf

/ʃiːf/
noun (pl) sheaves (ʃiːvz)
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to bind or tie into a sheaf
Word Origin
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 and History for sheaflike

sheaf

n.

Old English sceaf (plural sceafas) "large bundle of corn," from Proto-Germanic *skauf- (cf. Old Saxon scof, Middle Dutch scoof, Dutch schoof, Old High German scoub "sheaf, bundle," German Schaub "sheaf;" Old Norse skauf "fox's tail;" Gothic skuft "hair on the head," German Schopf "tuft"), from PIE root *(s)keup- "cluster, tuft, hair of the head." Extended to bundles of things other than grain by c.1300. Also used in Middle English for "two dozen arrows." General sense of "a collection" is from 1728.

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