\ \ [OE] Scythe goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base *sek- ‘cut’, source also of English section, segment, sickle, etc. Its Germanic descendant was *seg-, which produced the noun *segithō, source of English scythe (the variant *sag- lies behind English saw). Until the 17th century the word was generally spelled sythe; modern scythe is due to the influence of scissors.

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  • scythe — [ sit ] adj. et n. • av. 1580; scytique « barbare » XVIe; lat. scythicus ♦ Qui est relatif à la Scythie, aux Scythes, peuple de l Antiquité qui habitait le sud de la Russie actuelle. On dit aussi SCYTHIQUE [ sitik ] adj. ⊗ HOM. Site. ● scythe… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Scythe — (s[imac]th), n. [OE. sithe, AS. s[=i][eth]e, sig[eth]e; akin to Icel. sig[eth]r a sickle, LG. segd, seged, seed, seid, OHG. segansa sickle, scythe, G. sense scythe, and to E. saw a cutting instrument. See {Saw}.] [Written also {sithe} and {sythe} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scythe — Bandera …   Wikipedia Español

  • Scythe — Scythe, v. t. To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Time had not scythed all that youth begun. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scythe — scythe·less; scythe·man; scythe; …   English syllables

  • scythe — [sīth] n. [altered (infl. by L scindere, to cut) < ME sithe < OE sithe, sigthe, scythe, akin to LowG seged < IE base * sek , to cut > SAW1, L secare, to cut] a tool with a long, single edged blade set at an angle on a long, curved… …   English World dictionary

  • scythe — ► NOUN ▪ a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or corn, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole. ► VERB 1) cut with a scythe. 2) move through or penetrate rapidly and forcefully. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • scythe — [ saıð ] noun count a tool used for cutting long grass or grain, consisting of a wooden handle and a long curved metal blade …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Scythe — For the ancient Sicilian tyrant, see Scythes. A scythe (PronEng|ˈsaɪð, from Old English siðe Oxford English Dictionary 1933] .) is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass or reaping crops. It was largely replaced by horse drawn and then… …   Wikipedia

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  • scythe — {{11}}scythe (n.) O.E. siðe, sigði, from P.Gmc. *segithoz (Cf. M.L.G. segede, M.Du. sichte, O.H.G. segensa, Ger. Sense), from PIE root *sek cut (see SECTION (Cf. section)). The sc spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of L. scissor …   Etymology dictionary

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