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tr.v. scutched, scutch·ing, scutch·es
To separate the valuable fibers of (flax, for example) from the woody parts by beating, combing, or scraping.
An implement or machine used for 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.]
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(Textiles) (tr) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding
(Textiles) Also called: scutcher the tool used for this
[C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex-1 + quatere to shake]
dialect Northern English to strike with an open hand
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1. to dress (flax) by beating.n.
2. Also, scutch′er. a device for scutching flax fiber.
[1680–90; < Middle French *escoucher (French écoucher) < Vulgar Latin *excuticāre, for Latin excutere (ex- ex-1 + -cutere, comb. form of quatere to shatter]
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Past participle: scutched
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