One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A straw or wicker beehive.
- ‘The striking display will feature examples of different hives - such as a straw skep, a stone hive and a Congested Districts Board hive.’
- 1.1archaic A wooden or wicker basket.‘three skeps of vegetables’
Late Old English sceppe ‘basket’, from Old Norse skeppa ‘basket, bushel’.
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