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skep

[skep] /skɛp/
noun
1.
a round farm basket of wicker or wood.
2.
Also, skepful. the amount contained in a skep.
3.
a beehive, especially of straw.
Origin
late Old English
1100
before 1100; Middle English skeppe, late Old English sceppe < Old Norse skeppa half-bushel; akin to German Scheffel
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skep

/skɛp/
noun
1.
a beehive, esp one constructed of straw
2.
(mainly dialect) a large basket of wickerwork or straw
Word Origin
Old English sceppe, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; related to Old High German sceffil bushel
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Word Origin and History for skep
n.

quantity measure for grain, etc.; basket, grain receptacle, c.1100, from Old Norse skeppa "basket, bushel." Related: Skepful.

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