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skein (n.)

"fixed quantity of yarn doubled over and over and knotted," early 14c., skaine, from Old French escaigne, escagne (mid-14c., Modern French écagne), a word of uncertain origin. Compare Medieval Latin scagna "a skein," Irish sgainne "a skein, clue."

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Definitions of skein from WordNet

skein (n.)
coils of worsted yarn;
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