Chaff cutter
Chaff Chaff, n. [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.] [1913 Webster] 1. The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc. [1913 Webster]

So take the corn and leave the chaff behind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Old birds are not caught with caff. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything. [1913 Webster]

The chaff and ruin of the times. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle. [1913 Webster]

By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful. --Ywatt. [1913 Webster]

4. Light jesting talk; banter; raillery. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bot.) The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Composit[ae], as the sunflower. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

{Chaff cutter}, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into ``chaff'' for the use of cattle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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