• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scutch A wooden instrument used in scutching flax and hemp.
    • Scutch The woody fiber of flax; the refuse of scutched flax. "The smoke of the burning scutch ."
    • Scutch To beat or whip; to drub.
    • Scutch To loosen and dress the fiber of (cotton or silk) by beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating and blowing.
    • Scutch To separate the woody fiber from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scutch To beat; drub.
    • scutch To dress (fibrous material) by beating. The particles of woody matter adhering to the fibers are detached, and the bast is partially separated into its constituent fibers. The waste fiber obtained is called scutching-tow or codilla.
    • n scutch Same as scutcher, 1.
    • n scutch A coarse tow that separates from flax during scutching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scutch skuch to beat: to separate from the core, as flax
    • n Scutch a coarse tow that separates from flax in scutching
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Scotch to cut slightly


In literature:

The scutched flax is drawn through iron combs which still further open the fiber.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The affray at Ferrara put the scutch upon the mighty railway scheme.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
I had never seen any scutching mill.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
It was a moor at the time of the battle in 1485, overgrown with thistles and scutch-grass.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
On this account it is sometimes termed scutching tow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
This residue is known usually as glue "scutch," and is composed of the proteins of the skin which are insoluble in hot water.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett