I. or skeane variant of skein II. noun or skene Etymology: Middle English skene, from Irish scian & Scottish Gaelic sgian, from Old Irish scían; probably akin to Sanskrit chyati he cuts off — more at science Date: 15th century dagger, dirk

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  • Skean — Skean, n. [Ir sgian; akin to Gael. sgian, W. ysgien a large knife, a scimiter.] A knife or short dagger, esp. that in use among the Highlanders of Scotland. [Variously spelt.] His skean, or pistol. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skean — skean; skean·ock·le; …   English syllables

  • skean — [shkēn, skēn] n. [Gael sgian, akin to MIr scïan, a knife < IE base * skei , to cut > L scire] a kind of dirk formerly used in Scotland and Ireland …   English World dictionary

  • Skean — Basisdaten Land UdSSR sowj. Bezeichnung R 14 Alternative Namen SS 5 Skean, 8K65, Usowaja Klasse Mittelstreckenrakete Nutzlast eine Ladung, 1.300 2.155 kg Gefechtskopf nuklear 1 MT oder 2 2,3 MT Länge 20,60 m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • skean —   n. dagger.    ♦ skean dhu, Scottish Highlander s dagger …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • skean — n. hist. a Gaelic dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland. Phrases and idioms: skean dhu n. a dagger worn in the stocking as part of Highland costume. Etymology: Gael. sgian knife, dubh black …   Useful english dictionary

  • skean — /skeen, skee euhn/, n. a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands. Also, skene. [1520 30; < ScotGael sgian or Ir scian] * * * …   Universalium

  • Skean — Soviet SS 5 intermediate range ballistic missile …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • skean — n. skene, form of knife or dagger used by the Irish and Scottish Highlanders …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skean — [ski:n, ski:ən] noun a dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland. Origin ME: from Ir. and Sc. Gaelic sgian knife …   English new terms dictionary

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