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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sheaf  \Sheaf\,  n.;  pl  {Sheaves}.  [OE.  sheef,  shef,  schef,  AS 
  sce['a]f;  akin  to  D.  schoof,  OHG.  scoub,  G.  schaub  Icel. 
  skauf  a  fox's  brush,  and  E.  shove.  See  {Shove}.] 
  1.  A  quantity  of  the  stalks  and  ears  of  wheat,  rye,  or  other 
  grain,  bound  together;  a  bundle  of  grain  or  straw. 
  The  reaper  fills  his  greedy  hands,  And  binds  the 
  golden  sheaves  in  brittle  bands.  --Dryden. 
  2.  Any  collection  of  things  bound  together;  a  bundle; 
  specifically,  a  bundle  of  arrows  sufficient  to  fill  a 
  quiver,  or  the  allowance  of  each  archer,  --  usually 
  The  sheaf  of  arrows  shook  and  rattled  in  the  case. 

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