from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Obsolete form of skein.
- n. A double-edged, leaf-shaped, typically bronze dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A knife or short dagger, esp. that in use among the Highlanders of Scotland. [Variously spelt.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See skein.
- n. A dagger; specifically, an ancient form of dagger found in Ireland, usually of bronze, double-edged, and more or less leafshaped, and thus distinguished from the different forms of the seax, or broad-backed knife.
Middle English skene, from Irish Gaelic scian, from Old Irish scían.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)