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scythe (n.)

Old English siðe, sigði, from Proto-Germanic *segitho "sickle" (source also of Middle Low German segede, Middle Dutch sichte, Old High German segensa, German Sense), from PIE root *sek- "to cut." The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of Latin scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." Compare French scier "saw," a false spelling from sier.

scythe (v.)

1570s, "use a scythe;" 1590s "to mow;" from scythe (n.). From 1897 as "move with the sweeping motion of a scythe." Related: Scythed; scything.

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Definitions of scythe from WordNet
1
scythe (v.)
cut with a scythe;
scythe grass or grain
2
scythe (n.)
an edge tool for cutting grass; has a long handle that must be held with both hands and a curved blade that moves parallel to the ground;
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