Definition of skean in English:


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Pronunciation: /skiːn
, ˈskiːən


  • A dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland.
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    • Larger than most skeans we offer, this one is 8 inches overall (when sheathed) with a 3 inch jimped back blade.


late Middle English: from Irish and Scottish Gaelic sgian 'knife'.

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