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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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  • The harvesters' task is to shave
    The field of its ripe golden wave,
    And once it is shorn
    To bind up the corn
    By sheaf into stook and then thrave.

    March 12, 2015

  • 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