Etymology
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skene (n.)

ancient type of dagger found in Ireland, double-edged and leaf-like, 1520s, from Irish Gaelic scian (genitive sceine) "knife," cognate with Gaelic sgian "knife," Welsh ysgien "a slicer" (from PIE *skiy-ena-, from root *skei- "to cut, split"). OED writes that "The word was also loosely applied by writers of the 16th and 17th centuries to a dagger or small sword of any kind."

updated on November 29, 2022

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