Skate's egg. See Sea purse.Skate sucker, any marine leech of the genus Pontobdella, parasitic on skates.

(Skat"er) n.

1. One who skates.

2. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of hemipterous insects belonging to Gerris, Pyrrhocoris, Prostemma, and allied genera. They have long legs, and run rapidly over the surface of the water, as if skating.

(Ska"tol) n. [Gr. dung + -ol.] (Physiol. Chem.) A constituent of human fæces formed in the small intestines as a product of the putrefaction of albuminous matter. It is also found in reduced indigo. Chemically it is methyl indol, C9H9N.

(Skayles) n. [&radic159.] Skittles. [Obs.]

(Skean) n. [Ir sgian; akin to Gael. sgian, W. ysgien a large knife, a scimiter.] A knife or short dagger, esp. that in use among the Highlanders of Scotland. [Variously spelt.] "His skean, or pistol." Spenser.

(Ske*dad"dle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Skedaddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skedaddling ] [Of uncertain etymology.] To betake one's self to flight, as if in a panic; to flee; to run away. [Slang, U. S.]

(Skee) n. [Dan. ski; Icel. ski a billet of wood. See Skid.] A long strip of wood, curved upwards in front, used on the foot for sliding.

(Skeed) n. See Skid.

(Skeel) n. [Icel. skjla a pail, bucket.] A shallow wooden vessel for holding milk or cream. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Grose.

(Skeel"duck` Skeel"goose`) n. [See Sheldrake.] (Zoöl.) The common European sheldrake. [Prov. Eng.]

(Skeet) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) A scoop with a long handle, used to wash the sides of a vessel, and formerly to wet the sails or deck.

(Skeg) n. [Prov. E., also a stump of a branch, a wooden peg; cf. Icel. skgr a wood, Sw. skog. Cf. Shaw.]

1. A sort of wild plum. [Obs.] Holland.

2. pl. A kind of oats. Farm. Encyc.

3. (Naut.) The after part of the keel of a vessel, to which the rudder is attached.

(Skeg"ger) n. (Zoöl.) The parr. Walton.

(Skein) n. [OE. skeyne, OF. escaigne, F. écagne, probably of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. sgainne, Gael. sgeinnidh thread, small twine; or perhaps the English word is immediately from Celtic.]

1. A quantity of yarn, thread, or the like, put up together, after it is taken from the reel, — usually tied in a sort of knot.

Some of the species are used for food, as the European blue or gray skate which sometimes weighs nearly 200 pounds. The American smooth, or barn-door, skate (R. lævis) is also a large species, often becoming three or four feet across. The common spiny skate (R. erinacea) is much smaller.

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