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Sheaf


SHEAF, noun plural sheaves. [Latin scopa, scopo.]

1. A quantity of the stalks of wheat, rye, oats or barley bound together; a bundle of stalks or straw.

-The reaper fills his greedy hands,

And binds the golden sheaves in brittle bands. Dryden.

2. Any bundle or collection; as a sheaf of arrows.

SHEAF, verb transitive To collect and bind; to make sheaves.