• IPA: /skʌt͡ʃ/

scutch (scutches, present participle scutching; past and past participle scutched)

  1. (obsolete, UK, Scotland, dialect) To beat or whip; to drub.
  2. To separate the woody fibre from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
    • 2005, John Martin, Warren Leonard, David Stamp, and Richard Waldren, Principles of Field Crop Production (4th Edition), section 32.10 “Processing Fiber Flax”, the title of subsection 32.10.3 “Scutching”.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      His prey was more often the over-scutched huswives, the threepenny whores with well-whipped backs, both from the beadle and their own hot-blooded clients.
Translations Noun

scutch (plural scutches)

  1. An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them.
  2. The woody fibre of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
    • The smoke of the burning scutch.
  • French: écang
  • German: Flachsschwinge, Hanfschwinge
  • Italian: maciulla, scotola
  • Russian: трепа́ло

scutch (plural scutches)

  1. A tuft or clump of grass.

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