noun Etymology: Middle English skeppe basket, beehive, from Old English sceppe basket, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; akin to Old High German sceffil bushel, scaf tub Date: 15th century hive 1; especially a domed hive made of twisted straw

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  • Skep — Skep, n. [Icel. skeppa a measure, bushel; cf. Gael. sgeap a basket, a beehive.] 1. A coarse round farm basket. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Tusser. [1913 Webster] 2. A beehive. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skep — /skep/, n. 1. a round farm basket of wicker or wood. 2. Also, skepful. the amount contained in a skep. 3. a beehive, esp. of straw. [bef. 1100; ME skeppe, late OE sceppe < ON skeppa half bushel; akin to G Scheffel] * * * …   Universalium

  • skep — [skep] n. [ME skeppe < OE sceppe < ON skeppa, a measure, bushel < IE base * (s)kep > SHAPE] 1. a round, wooden or wicker basket 2. a beehive, esp. one of straw …   English World dictionary

  • skep — c.1100, from O.N. skeppa “basket, bushel.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • skep — n. large round wicker basket …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skep — om·pha·lo·skep·sis; skep; skep·sis; skep·tic; skep·ti·cal; skep·ti·cism; skep·ti·cize; skep·ful; skep·ti·cal·ly; skep·ti·cal·ness; …   English syllables

  • Skep — Dry measure in the 13c equivalent to a half *bushel. There were eight skeps in a *quarter, though the bushel was the unit most frequently used. The skep itself was orig. a basket which came to hold half a bushel. The Latin form of skep is eskippa …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • skep — noun /ˈskɛp/ a) a basket , 1977: He prised a skep from its stool and held it out, inverted, showing the dirty wreck of combs, with the vile grubs spinning their cocoons. Patrick OBrian, The Mauritius Command b) a beehive made of straw or wicker …   Wiktionary

  • Skep — This interesting surname with variant spellings Skip, Skep, Skypp(e) etc., has two possible origins. Firstly, it may have originated as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of baskets from the Medieval English skipp(e) , itself coming from… …   Surnames reference

  • skep — /skɛp/ (say skep) noun 1. a basket or hamper, as of wicker. 2. a specific quantity such as would be contained by such a basket. 3. a beehive, especially one made of wicker or straw. {Middle English skeppe, late Old English sceppe, from Old Norse… …   Australian English dictionary

  • skep —    , skæppe, skjeppe    a traditional unit of dry volume in northern Europe. Use of the unit was spread by Norse traders. In Britain, the skep was eventually identified with the bushel and the word survives as a name for a farm basket or a domed… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

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