from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate the valuable fibers of (flax, for example) from the woody parts by beating.
- n. An implement used for scutching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to beat or flog, especially for extracting the fibers from flax stalks
- n. An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them.
- n. The woody fibre of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
- n. A tuft or clump of grass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat or whip; to drub.
- transitive v. To separate the woody fiber from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
- transitive v. To loosen and dress the fiber of (cotton or silk) by beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating and blowing.
- n. A wooden instrument used in scutching flax and hemp.
- n. The woody fiber of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat; drub.
- To dress (fibrous material) by beating.
- n. Same as scutcher, 1.
- n. A coarse tow that separates from flax during scutching.
Obsolete French escoucher, from Anglo-Norman escucher, from Vulgar Latin *excuticāre, frequentative of Latin excutere, to shake out : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps imitative. (Wiktionary)
From Irish. (Wiktionary)