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

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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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