Meaning of SKEIN in English

SKEIN

I. ˈskān noun

Etymology: Middle English skeyne, from Middle French (Picard) escagne, probably from Vulgar Latin * scamnia, from * scamniare to wind yarn, from * scamnium rack for holding bobbins, from Latin scamnum bench, stool — more at shambles

Date: 14th century

1. also skean or skeane ˈskān : a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel

2. : something suggesting the twists or coils of a skein : tangle

3. : a flock of wildfowl (as geese or ducks) in flight

II. transitive verb

Date: circa 1775

: to wind into skeins

skein yarn

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