Sickle vs. Scythe

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Main Difference

The main difference between Sickle and Scythe is that the Sickle is a agricultural tool and Scythe is a agricultural hand tool for mowing grass or reaping crops.

  • Sickle

    A sickle, or bagging hook, is a hand-held agricultural tool designed with variously curved blades and typically used for harvesting, or reaping, grain crops or cutting succulent forage chiefly for feeding livestock, either freshly cut or dried as hay. Falx was a synonym but was later used to mean any of a number of tools that had a curved blade that was sharp on the inside edge such as a scythe.

    Since the beginning of the Iron Age hundreds of region-specific variants of the sickle have evolved, initially of iron and later steel. This great diversity of sickle types across many cultures can be divided into smooth or serrated blades, both of which can be used for cutting either green grass or mature cereals using slightly different techniques. The serrated blade that originated in prehistoric sickles still dominates in the reaping of grain and is even found in modern grain-harvesting machines and in some kitchen knives.

  • Scythe

    A scythe () is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass or reaping crops. It has largely been replaced by horse-drawn and then tractor machinery, but is still used in some areas of Europe and Asia.

    The word “scythe” derives from Old English siðe. In Middle English and after it was usually spelt sithe or sythe. However, in the 15th century some writers began to use the sc- spelling as they thought (wrongly) the word was related to the Latin scindere (meaning “to cut”). Nevertheless, the sithe spelling lingered and notably appears in Noah Webster’s dictionaries.

    A scythe consists of a shaft about 170 centimetres (67 in) long called a snaith, snath, snathe or sned, traditionally made of wood but now sometimes metal. Simple snaiths are straight with offset handles, others have an “S” curve or are steam bent in three dimensions to place the handles in an ergonomic configuration but close to shaft. The snaith has either one or two short handles at right angles to it, usually one near the upper end and always another roughly in the middle. The handles are usually adjustable to suit the user. A curved, steel blade between 60 to 90 centimetres (24 to 35 in) long is mounted at the lower end at 90°, or less, to the snaith. Scythes almost always have the blade projecting from the left side of the snaith when in use, with the edge towards the mower; left-handed scythes are made but cannot be used together with right-handed scythes as the left-handed mower would be mowing in the opposite direction and could not mow in a team.

  • Sickle (noun)

    An implement having a semicircular blade and short handle, used for cutting long grass and cereal crops.

  • Sickle (noun)

    Any of the sickle-shaped middle feathers of the domestic cock.

  • Sickle (verb)

    To cut with a sickle.

  • Sickle (verb)

    To deform (as with a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.

  • Sickle (verb)

    Of red blood cells: to assume an abnormal crescent shape.

  • Sickle (adjective)

    Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped.

    “a sickle moon”

  • Scythe (noun)

    An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with the concave edge sharped, made fast to a long handle, called a snath.

  • Scythe (noun)

    A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.

  • Scythe (noun)

    The tenth Lenormand card.

  • Scythe (verb)

    To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow.

  • Scythe (verb)

    To attack or injure as if cutting.

  • Sickle (noun)

    a short-handled farming tool with a semicircular blade, used for cutting corn, lopping, or trimming.

  • Scythe (noun)

    a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or corn, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to one or two short handles.

  • Scythe (verb)

    cut with a scythe

    “the grass was scythed at regular intervals”

    “you may want hardy infantry troops to scythe down the opposition”

    “the first job was to scythe paths through the nettles”

  • Scythe (verb)

    move through or penetrate something rapidly and forcefully

    “attacking players can scythe through defences”

Oxford Dictionary

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