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October 01, 2008 4:35PM

A scythe is a long handled, bladed cutting instrument for the harvesting of grains or grass. An American scythe is usually represented as having a curved shaft with two handles. A British scythe has a straight shaft and no handles. The blade in either style is mounted at 90o to the main shaft and is about 60 cm long and curved. A basket is sometimes mounted behind the blade to capture the cut grain for easier gathering into sheaves.

In many pictures and illustrations the figure of "Death" is often shown with a British scythe.

Also: To cut with a scythe.