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1. To beat or whip; to drub.

2. To separate the woody fibre from (flax, hemp, etc) by beating; to swingle.

3. To loosen and dress the fibre of (cotton or silk) by beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating and blowing. Scutching machine, a machine used to scutch cotton, silk, or flax; called also batting machine.

Origin: See Scotch to cut slightly.

1. A wooden instrument used in scutching flax and hemp.

2. The woody fibre of flax; the refuse of scutched flax. The smoke of the burning scutch.