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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sheath  \Sheath\,  n.  [OE.  schethe  AS  sc[=ae][eth], 
  sce['a][eth],  sc[=e][eth];  akin  to  OS  sk[=e][eth]ia,  D. 
  scheede  G.  scheide  OHG.  sceida  Sw  skida,  Dan.  skede, 
  Icel.  skei[eth]ir,  pl.,  and  to  E.  shed,  v.t.,  originally 
  meaning,  to  separate,  to  part  See  {Shed}.] 
  1.  A  case  for  the  reception  of  a  sword,  hunting  knife,  or 
  other  long  and  slender  instrument;  a  scabbard. 
  The  dead  knight's  sword  out  of  his  sheath  he  drew. 
  2.  Any  sheathlike  covering,  organ,  or  part  Specifically: 
  a  (Bot.)  The  base  of  a  leaf  when  sheathing  or  investing 
  a  stem  or  branch,  as  in  grasses. 
  b  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  elytra  of  an  insect. 
  {Medullary  sheath}.  (Anat.)  See  under  {Medullary}. 
  {Primitive  sheath}.  (Anat.)  See  {Neurilemma}. 
  {Sheath  knife},  a  knife  with  a  fixed  blade,  carried  in  a 
  {Sheath  of  Schwann}.  (Anat.)  See  {Schwann's  sheath}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  protective  case  for  a  knife  or  sword 
  2:  an  enveloping  structure  or  covering  enclosing  an  animal  or 
  plant  organ  or  part  [syn:  {case}] 
  3:  suitable  for  formal  occasions  [syn:  {cocktail  dress}] 

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