Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: escaigne

skein

noun
     
skein [countable]
1DH a long loosely wound piece of thread, wool, or yarn
2 literary a complicated series of things that are related to each other [= web]:
a skein of lies

Dictionary results for "skein"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.