Scythe

A scythe ( /ˈsaɪð/) is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass, or reaping crops. It was largely replaced by horse-drawn and then tractor machinery, but is still used in some areas of Europe and Asia. The Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus are often depicted carrying or wielding a scythe.

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War Scythe
... A war scythe is a regular scythe that has been adapted for combat use by re-attaching the blade parallel to the haft, rather than perpendicular to it, so that it ... by Paulus Hector Mair described in 1542 techniques how to fence using a scythe ... War scythes were widely used by Polish and Lithuanian peasants during revolts in the 18th and 19th centuries ...

Famous quotes containing the word scythe:

    The scythe that advances forever and never needs whetting.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.
    Hester Lynch Piozzi (1741–1821)

    Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
    And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,
    Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,
    And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
    And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,
    Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)