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  • n. Twenty-four (or in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
  • n. Two dozen, or similar indefinite number; a bunch; a throng.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Twenty-four (in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
  • n. The number of two dozen; also, an indefinite number; a bunch; a company; a throng.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sheaf; a handful.
  • n. Specifically Twenty-four sheaves of grain set up in the field, forming two stooks, or shocks of twelve sheaves each.
  • n. The number of two dozen; hence, an indefinite number; a considerable number.

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  • 24 sheaves of grain - whether it be wheat, or corn, or other grain; the harvest from which, threshed, is another connotation, that of an indefinite or innumerable number.

    March 13, 2011

  • 24 sheaves of wheat.

    April 21, 2009