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Meaning of SCUTCH

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scutch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scutched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Scutching}.] [See {Scotch} to cut slightly.]
    1. To beat or whip; to drub. [Old or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
    2. To separate the woody fiber from (flax, hemp, etc.) by
       beating; to swingle.
    3. To loosen and dress the fiber of (cotton or silk) by
       beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating
       and blowing.
    {Scutching machine}, a machine used to scutch cotton, silk,
       or flax; -- called also {batting machine}.
  2. \Scutch\, n.
    1. A wooden instrument used in scutching flax and hemp.
    2. The woody fiber of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
       ``The smoke of the burning scutch.'' --Cuthbert Bede.