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Skein

skein

1. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, usually tied in a sort of knot.

A skein of cotton yarn is formed by eighty turns of the thread round a fifty-four inch reel.

2. A metallic strengthening band or thimble on the wooden arm of an axle.

Origin: OE. Skeyne, OF. Escaigne, F. Ecagne, probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. Sgainne, Gael. Sgeinnidh thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is immediately from Celtic.

(Science: zoology) A flight of wild fowl (wild geese or the like).


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