Weird Word: Sheaf

by on Jun.01, 2012, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Sheaf

Noun

  • A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw.
  • Any collection of things bound together; a bundle.
  • A bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer.
Verb
  • To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to sheaf wheat.
  • To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.

Used in a sentence:

  • The last arrow propelled itself forward with the aid of the bow string striking the remaining enemy solider square in the face, making Jeff the only archer to have gone through more than four sheaves of arrows over the course of the entire battle.

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Commentary:

I’ve mostly heard the word sheaf used as the second noun definition. I was surprised to learn that it was an archery term. Liking archery, I was happy to use it in a sentence.

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