noun pl. sheaves
- a bunch of cut stalks of grain, etc. bound up in a bundle
- a collection of things gathered together; bundle, as of papers
Origin: ME schefe < OE sceaf, akin to Ger schaub < IE base *skeup-, *skeubh-, a bundle, clump > shop
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noun pl. sheaves sheaves
- A bundle of cut stalks of grain or similar plants bound with straw or twine.
- A collection of items held or bound together: a sheaf of printouts.
- An archer's quiver.
Origin: Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf.