Definition of skein noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

skein

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//skeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skeɪn//
 
 
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a long piece of wool, thread, or yarn that is loosely tied together Sally held the skein of wool while her mother wound it into a ball. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French escaigne, of unknown origin.
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