scutch

/skuch/, v.t.
1. to dress (flax) by beating.
2. to dress (brick or stone); scotch.
n.
3. Also called scutcher. a device for scutching flax fiber.
4. Also, scotch. a small picklike tool with two cutting edges for trimming brick.
[1680-90; < MF *escoucher (F écoucher) to beat flax < VL *excuticare, for L excutere (ex- EX-1 + -cutere, comb. form of quatere to shatter; cf. QUASH)]

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