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Today's word is:

swath

|swäθ; swôθ| (also swathe |swäð; swôð; swāð|)

noun ( pl. swaths |swäθs; swôθs| or swathes |swāðz|)

  • a row or line of grass, grain, or other crop as it lies when mown or reaped.
  • a strip left clear by the passage of a mowing machine or scythe : the combine had cut a deep swath around the border of the fields.
  • a broad strip or area of something : vast swaths of countryside | figurative a significant swath of popular opinion.

ORIGIN: Old English swæth, swathu [track, trace] ; related to Dutch zwad(e) and German Schwade. In Middle English the term denoted a measure of the width of grassland, probably reckoned by a sweep of the mower's scythe.

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