Definition of scutch in English:


Syllabification: scutch
Pronunciation: /skəCH


[with object]
  • Dress (fibrous material, especially retted flax) by beating it.
    More example sentences
    • The account of breaking, scutching and hackling flax, for example, is the clearest and most informative short discussion that I have seen.
    • The damn retting, spreading, scutching and finally the sale of the finished product always gave cause for instant celebration.
    • Our dinner topics that night included retting, scutching, and hackling.



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  • The heads of wheat were fed perpendicular to the drum through a set of convex rollers, such that the drum's scutchers knocked the grain loose.
  • The scutcher is somewhat similar to the stripping drum in principle.


mid 18th century: from obsolete French escoucher, from Latin excutere 'shake out'.

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